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Lecturer tells priests of women's woes

More females should go to parliament to make laws for the benefit of their sex

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  • ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
  • Sri Lanka
  • April 13, 2011
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The Oblate priest-run Center for Society and Religion (CSR) organized the launch of a book on feminism in Colombo on Monday.

The book is a collection of essays by the late Bernadeen Silva, an activist in many areas including women’s and children’s issues.

At the launch, Pulsara Liyanage, senior lecturer at the university of Kelaniya, told priests, nuns and activists at the center's Bishop Leo Nanayakkara conference hall that violence against women and domestic violence were increasing. “How many cases of abuse and violence against their wives are committed by husbands after consuming liquor?” she asked.

“Males are dominating in society, wherever you go this is the case.” Women get inferior pay to men even if they are employed to do the same job, said Liyanage.

“How many legislators are there in the parliament for women? Absolutely not enough,” she questioned.

“Some legislation came into effect. When a particular bill against violence against women was brought in the Sri Lankan parliament, a section of the male dominated parliament was arguing against the bill saying that it undermines our culture,” said Liyanage.

“However society - including women - is ignorant about this law, and the same is true of torture.”

Steps must be taken to educate all of society, including women, about the laws on domestic violence urgently. “Only then we can expect good results.”

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