A major breakthrough has been made with regards to female representation within the UNP, according to UNP MP Rosy Senanayake.
Senanayake said that a proposition put forward by her finally came under consideration at the last Working Committee, held on August 11. The proposition was to have a minimum of 20% female representation on the Working Committee, and a minimum of 10% female representation on every decision-making body within the UNP.
She added that when the proposition had first been put forward, it had been put aside.
“It was put aside because it was deemed a not-so important issue, This was around the time the UNP constitutional changes were being proposed” said Senanayake.
However, Senanayake had continued to fight for female representation until finally on August 11, it was agreed to accept it. “I am to sit with the Leader and the committee and decide how exactly to go about implementing this… it is a major breakthrough for females. Previously, there was only one female on the Working Committee,” said Senanayake.