Just when we thought that the society was finally understanding gender equality in its true sense, the Sri Lankan government goes on to prove us wrong.
Three days ago, we were praising the Sri Lankan government for being egalitarian and finally lifting the ban on the sale of alcohol to women, and today we wake up to the news of the ban being reimposed.
The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has re-imposed the ban on the sale of alcohol to women, just three days after the country’s finance minister had lifted it.
The President, yesterday, ordered Mangala Samaraweera to take back his decision to overturn the 1979 law that banned the sale of any form of alcohol to women.
“From tomorrow [Monday], the minister’s order will be rescinded,” the President’s office announced without offering any explanation.
Speaking about the President’s decision, ministry spokesperson Ali Hassen said, “The idea was to restore gender neutrality.”
But as we understand from this, gender neutrality is a very complicated concept to understand and implement. So much so, that the finance minister was accused of encouraging alcohol consumption by The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection. They also urged the President to look into the matter.
Samaraweera’s decision to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol to women received a lot of backlash in some parts of the island country.
The finance minister’s decision not only lifted the ban on alcohol for women but also had provisions that allowed women to work in places that made or served alcohol.
Information source: theguardian
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