Prevention of violence against women:
Minister Karaliyadda to chair forum
Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda has
been selected to the chairmanship of the standing committee of male
parliamentarians on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls
The minister was selected for this post at the recently concluded
summit of male parliamentarians on prevention of violence against women
and girls. The summit was held in Thailand with the participation of 15
Minister Karaliyadda has made the summit members aware of the steps
taken by the Sri Lankan government to prevent violence against women and
girls. Under this programme, the ongoing project called 'Men too can
make a difference - Say No To Violence Against Women' has been highly
appreciated by the participants.
The minister said that measures will be taken to minimize consumption
of alcohol since a considerable numbers of domestic clashes and violence
are reported due to alcoholic influence.
Some people spend a greater amount of their income on alcohol,
especially the labourers including estate workers. The Child Development
and Women Affairs Ministry will educate estate workers on getting rid of
the alcohol habit.
This initiative will be carried out under the theme 'Fullstop to
alcohol' in line with the Mathata Thitha programme introduced under a
concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Mahinda Chintana, the
Vision for the Future.
The minister said the Sri Lankan situation is far better than that of
most of the participating countries in the forum.
According to him, most of the participants are keen on implementing
the programmes and projects which have been implemented by Sri Lanka to
protect women and girls against violence.