Electing a female Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the Parliament will be an exemplary achievement which will be hailed across the world, says Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services, Shidhatha Shareef.
She made the remark in a tweet wishing the two female lawmakers running for the position of Speaker and Deputy Speaker the best of luck.
19ވަނަ ރައްޔިތުންގެ މަޖިލީހުގެ ރައީސް ނުވަތަ ނައިބު ރައީސްގެ މަޤާމުގައި އަންހެން މެންބަރަކު ފެނިގެން ދިޔުމަކީ ބައިނަލްއަޤުވާމީ ދުނިޔެއަށް ދެއްކޭނެ ނަމޫނާއެއް. ޝައުޤުވެރިކަން ފާޅުކުރައްވައިފައިވާ 2 މެންބަރުންނަށް ވެސް ކާމިޔާބަށް އެދެން.— Shidhatha Shareef (@shidhatha) April 22, 2019
Her comments were directed at North Galolhu MP Eva Abdulla – who has expressed interest in running for Deputy Speaker, and Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam – who has expressed interest in running for Speaker.
The upcoming Parliament will have only four female lawmakers. They are:
Shidhatha has previously expressed disappointment at the low female representation at the Parliament.