3.1 Social Policy
The existing social policies tend to penalise those who do not fit the current economic model. Alternative social and economic contributions such as parenting, volunteering, caring for others are not valued. Social inequality is widening with gaps between haves and have-nots increasing under the current economic regime. Current economic policies and political practices do not adequately address issues such as social cohesion, poverty reduction and social inclusion.
Social policy deals with the way our society is organised, who gets what benefits and who is left to fend for themselves. Those whom society has failed, and often discriminated against have been defined as the problem. Thus, opportunities for education, healthcare and social mobility have been constantly under attack. In contrast, good social policy is about social arrangements for everyday life that affect everyone in all areas of personal and social life contributing to the well-being of citizens.
Our social policy will focus on key social issues such as welfare, health care, education, labour market and child protection. It will serve to ensure that every Sri Lankan will be able to have a decent standard of living. We consider our country should be a nation state that prioritises social well-being.
For example, if elected, we will focus on aspects such as follows:
Modernising laws, like decriminalising LGBTIQ prohibition through legislative changes;
The law of the country will be supreme and will be overriding religious laws;
The nature, quantum and victims of family violence & child abuse will be subjected to study in order to identify the issues and the corresponding solutions and appropriate law reforms and new legislation where necessary;
The dignity of women and their economic contribution including their unpaid labour will be recognised;
A parliamentary committee will undertake a study to investigate widespread child abuse. Based on its recommendations, we will take strong action against child abusers. We believe children are a responsibility of the society. This is an important example of our approach towards Family and Community Development.