Gender equality is that women and men, girls and boys enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protection. A person’s gender should not in any way become an oppressive factor that limits their potential. Therefore, Gender equality is a must for peace and development of any country.
The Rotaract club of University of kelaniya organised “EQUAL” the panel discussion to discuss this issue of gender discrimination, with the aim of finding ourselves beyond the lines of pink and blue. The session was conducted by Rtr. Famidha Faiz on the 14th of November 2020, via Facebook live, with the participation of many Rotaractors from all around the world. Our panelists were the popular Sri Lankan Media personality Mr. Danu Innasithamby, President award winning TV personality Ms. Bernadine Jayasinghe, Former Sri lankan cricketer Mr. Jean Mubarak, Feminist Researcher and Activist Ms. Vraie Cally Balthazaar, and an entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Digital strategist Mr. Dulinda Perera.
This project was organized under the guidance of the Avenue of Community Service and its Co-directors; Rtr. Nethmi Fonseka and Rtr. Gimhani Rathnayake.
The session was undoubtedly a great success and an eye-opener since it was focused on this vast social issue of inequality based on gender. Our ingenious and innovative board of panelists made this discussion a lively one and an amazing experience.
“Unequal societies are less cohesive. They have higher rates of anti-social behaviour and violence. Countries with greater gender equality are more connected. Their people are healthier and have better well-being.”
Therefore, let’s work together to make our world a better place where no one will be above us and where no one will be below us!
~Rtr. W.A.P.H Maduwanthi, Avenue of Community Service.