IMADR AC conducted one day workshop at Kalutara (at Garden’s Beach Hotel, Kaluthara) on 15th August 2016 with the participation of 154 women leaders in the Province.
Hon. Mrs Anoma Gamege (Chairperson of Lakvanitha Women’s Group) made the welcome speech while Hon. Ajith Perera (Deputy minister of Power and Renewable Energy) made a speech outlining new government’s vision on improving women’s participation in politics in Sri Lanka. Dr Nimalka Fernando (Executive Director – IMADR AC) gave the key note speech of the workshop by detailing out the challenges faced by women in Sri Lanka in attempting to enter and remain in politics at local to national level. Additional Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr M.M.Mohammed, gave the guest speech of the event and in his speech he explained the new law related to Local Government Act and the 25 quote system for women at local government level nomination and election. Subsequent to these speeches, there was a useful discussion session with high level of interaction so that women leaders were able to get first-hand information about many issues they had on contesting in upcoming local government election in Sri Lanka.