Women’s Representation and Participation in Formal Politics

Women’s Representation and Participation in Formal Politics
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By Daisy Perry Despite the drive for gender equality promoted at the Beijing UN World Conference on Women in 1995, the Sri Lankan State appears to have taken little responsibility for narrowing the gender gap in political representation. Savitri Goonesekere explains...
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Election Analysis
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Due to the scattered nature in which the government holds provincial council and local government elections, Sri Lankans have voted in at least 17 elections since 2008. Given this pattern, it is vital for voters to understand the key drivers...
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Quota Conundrums
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One of the key expectations of the Local Government (LG) elections was the premise that 25% of women would be elected to represent the 341 councils and municipalities around the country. However, legal and logistical issues that have cropped up...
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In Sri Lanka, local elections have rattled the government
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TO CRITICS of Mahinda Rajapaksa, local-council elections that were held in Sri Lanka on February 10th felt like a horror film, as the controversial ex-president rose from his silk-lined political coffin to declare victory. And what a victory it was...
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Had Mahinda Rajapaksa run for president on 10 Feb, he would have lost
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Few would have predicted the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, we must now try to understand what happened and why. There are three lessons to be learnt from the results –...
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Women’s quota in local authority elections: Outcomes will fail the promise
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In August 2017, an amendment to the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance announced a 25% quota for women in local authorities. However, the drafting of the law undermines its stated intention. The quota for women is designed to fallshort of the...
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Local government polls: a guide to the new electoral system
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Handing out leaflets, knocking on doors, holding meetings and driving around in vans fitted with loudspeakers, announcing to the world why they alone need your vote. These have become a common sight as the local government elections get closer. With...
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The promises of the government of Sri Lanka remain in limbo three years later – W Radio
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Chathuri Dissanayake Colombo, 9 ene (EFE).- El actual presidente de Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, llegó al poder con el objetivo de plantar cara a la corrupción y cambiar la cultura política del anterior mandatario Mahinda Rajapaksa, pero, tres años después,...
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President of Sri Lanka celebrates 3 years in power amid doubts over his mandate
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Colombo, 8 ene (EFE).- El presidente de Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, celebró hoy el tercer aniversario de su llegada al poder con una agenda repleta de actividades que incluyó la inauguración de varias infraestructuras, mientras algunas voces críticas le recriminaban...
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Three years: Glass half full?
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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe On 8 January 2015, the Sri Lankan polity experienced an unexpected change. A President who planned to rule until he could hand over power to his son lost by half a million...
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