Kamzy Gunaratnam – MP Norwegian Parliament
“The gender equality is my main interest and involvement. Women should have all the opportunities and involvement. No matter where they are, and I want to stand and fight for their rights” Kamzy Gunaratnam , Sri Lankan born Tamil woman elected to Norwegian Parliament in the election 2021 from Labour Party said in an online press conference held today(26th Sept; 2021).
Kamzy migrated to Norway in 1988 with her parents when she was 3 years old and later entered to Oslo City Council as a member. She was interested in politics from her very young age and became a council member when she was 19. She does politics with Labour Party which won the majority seats in the parliament during the election held last week. She was one of the survivors of 2011 of Right Wings Terrorist attack to the Labour Party Youth Camp.
Answering to a question of a journalist; “Why did you choose politics” Kamzy replied; “Many parents are more interested of directing their children for various professional jobs which are more self-centered, but I like more on working for the people and that’s why I chose politics. Through politics we can help others. In fact, I did not choose politics it happened in other way and politics chose me”
Talking about the reconciliation in Sri Lanka, Kamzy stated that there won’t be any reconciliation, if there is no appropriate investigation, openness, and transparency. The government of Sri Lanka should work on reconciliation adhering to these three key elements if it is really interested of reconciliation.
Saccam: “Do you accept the invitation extended to the Tamil Diaspora by the President of Sri Lanka for a dialogue? And if yes, what are the key issues you wish to discuss with him?
Answering to the question posted by Saccam webnews, Kamzy replied: “ I am not a member of Tamil Diaspora, but if I am invited by any leader in a country where we have cooperation I will accept it as a member of the Norwegian Parliament. I would discuss with the leader of Sri Lanka issues mainly related to gender equalities. Women’s rights, young people, and children. And also, war crimes which really affected women.
Around 33 media personnel attended the online press conference representing Tamil, Sinhala and English newspapers and media institutions.