Sri Lanka

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena (Male)
Year of birth
1945
Additional information
Elected on 20 Aug. 2020.
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Secretary general

Secretary General
Dhammika Dasanayake (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
15 Feb. 2012 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
211
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
12
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
5.38% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
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Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Hirunika Premachandra (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
84
Oldest member
Rajavarothiam Sampanthan (Male)

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1948
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1948
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote on 20 March 1931. This right was confirmed at independence.
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1948
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Prior to independence, under British administration, women were granted the right to vote and stand for election on 20 March 1931. These rights was confirmed at independence.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1947

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Women Parliamentarians' Caucus
(January 2006)
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus

- 1. Increasing the participation of women in politics. 2. Safeguarding women's rights and gender equality. 3. Preventing violations and harassment of all kinds against women. 4. Looking into the welfare of women workers, including migrant workers. 5. Alleviating poverty among underprivileged women and widows and providing them with vocational training and facilities. 6. Improving education for women. 7. Looking into women's health-related problems. 8. Providing legal aid and counselling. 9. Enacting legislation for the betterment of women 10. Contributing to development of the country in general.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
Yes