For the first time in the last 60 years, Sri Lanka removes ban on sale of alcohol to women.
All women over the age of 18 have now the right to buy alcoholic products.
The amendment to the law, also means that women will have the opportunity to work – without prior approval – in places where alcohol is sold.
While the previous law was not always strictly enforced, many Sri Lankan women have welcomed the change.
Many women took to social media to thank the government for its decision, which was announced by Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
While the move has been widely welcomed, of course some argue that it might lead to more women becoming addicted to alcohol.
!But we all know that both women and men can become addicted to anything – the gender has nothing to do with it.
In Sri Lanka, a majority of women traditionally choose not to drink alcohol as they see it as contrary to Sri Lankan culture.
However in 2016, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who runs an anti-alcohol campaign in the country, said that alcohol consumption among Sri Lankan women had increased “drastically” in recent years.