Legislation adopted to increase women representation in politics

Legislation adopted to increase women representation in politics

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Parliament has already adopted the legislation required to increase women representation in Sri Lankan politics. Its desire is to increase women representation from five percent to 25 percent.
Universal Franchise which endows the voting rights, irrespective of gender differences was introduced to Sri Lanka in the year 1931. Noteworthy was the implementation of Universal Franchise in Britain in the year 1928 when it was proposed for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is the first country to have implemented the Universal Franchise in the entire Asian region other than New Zealand in the Australian region. On the other hand, Sri Lanka was the first country to have the first Woman Prime Minister in the world. However, not only at the national level but also in Provincial and Local Government polls women representation remains at a minimal level.
Social scientists point out that there are various causes for non-participation of women, despite the prevalence of full freedom, rights and opportunity for the casting of votes and contesting elections. As one reason they point to that fact that women adjusting themselves to a paternity based society cultural wise for a long period.
However, it is women who should take the lead to enhance women representation in politics in which women population in Sri Lanka is 51 percent. If so it will be possible to simply find solutions to problems confronted by women and children in society.