Sri Lankan women will soon be able to work in licensed premises without first seeking permission

Sri Lankan women will soon be able to work in licensed premises without first seeking permission

The Sri Lankan government has announced plans to scrap a 63-year-old law preventing women from purchasing alcohol in the country.

The country's minister of finance & media Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday on Twitter that new changes would allow "females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally". He also said the move would permit women to be employed in licensed premises "without prior approval from [the] Excise Commissioner". 

According to a report by the BBC, the move sees an amendment to a 1955 law that the government agreed was discriminatory against women. It was not immediately clear when the changes would come into force. 

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