Common Opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka yesterday promised to maintain gender equality in politics and other fields and to build a better household economy by reducing the cost of living.
General Fonseka made this point at a gathering of UNP s women s wing Lakwanitha and JVP women s wing at the Jayawardene Centre yesterday.
He said, he fully understood the issues faced by the Sri Lankan women. I am aware of the war which the women are engaged in the kitchen to provide a reasonable meal for their families and will do everything possible to provide relief in these issues, he said.
General Fonseka also pledged to create a situation where women can go on the streets without fear even during the night.
He said only 5 percent of the Sri Lankan women are engaged in politics today and pledged to bring it to the global standard of 30 percent.
General Fonseka said he fully understood what the young women want since he is a father of two daughters.
We find women in every field today in Sri Lanka. Our country was the first in the world to produce a woman Prime Minister and went to the extent of creating a woman president but the country had not produced any women service commanders, he said pledging to take the country where women could engage in any field.
He said he has not forgotten the role played by the women soldiers who also carried guns and took up many risks during the war.
Refuting the claims made by the government that he was subjected to special treatment by providing scholarships to his children, he said that was not a special perk as scholarships were given to the children of the Navy and the Air Force Commanders as well.
UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya, JVP MP Sunil Handunetti and UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake were also present at the gathering.