Outreach Program Conducted for Female Members of Local Government Bodies and Civil Activist Leaders


A special awareness program was recently (12) held in the Parliament for approximately one hundred civil activist leaders and female members who currently represent local governments.

Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition also participated in this program organized by the Communication Department of the Parliament with the aim of improving women’s participation and awareness in politics.

Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament Ms. Kushani Rohanadheera, Director Legislative Services and Director Communications (Acting) Mr. Janakantha Silva, Ms. G. Thatchanarany Director (Administration) Parliament, Serjeant-at-Arms of Parliament Mr. Narendra Fernando, Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of Paffrel, Nimmi Hathialdeniya, Media Manager of the Parliament and Budhini Ramanayake, Public Outreach Manager were resource persons at this event.

Thus, the awareness program covered various topics including the role of women in the democratic governance system, parliamentary affairs including legislation, standing orders, the role of a Parliamentarian, and the program was conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil languages.

In addition, a special tour of the Parliament premises was also organized.

Given the coordination of the Paffrel organization and contribution and sponsorship by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) the program was organized.