The Sri Lankan government announced that the ban on the sale of alcohol to women has been lifted. So now, women can legally buy themselves a drink!
A law banning women from buying alcohol was passed in Sri Lanka in 1955 and since then, it is illegal for women to buy alcohol.
The new amendment in the law means that not only can women legally buy their own booze, but also work at the places that serve alcohol. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister for Finance and Media made this announcement on Wednesday.
Amended the schedule in the Excise Notification no.666 of the Gazette Extraordinary of 1979 to now allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally & also to be employed in licenced premises without prior approval from Excise Commissioner. #LKA— Mangala Samaraweera (@MangalaLK) January 10, 2018
While speaking to Rt.com, one of the spokespersons for the Movement for Clear and Transparent Liquor Policy showed his support to the amendment calling it “a very progressive move."
"The fact that this colonial law has managed to make it until today is a disgrace. Most of the alcohol-related laws here are based on either outdated moral values or religious pressure; not on facts and figures,” he said.
“Alcohol consumption is very low among local women mainly due to the cultural restrictions. We encourage the government to take a more fact and figure based approach and amend outdated laws to regulate the industry,” he added.
It is good to see that these little steps taken by the government are working towards breaking gender stereotypes and moving towards gender equality.
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