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Rosy Senanayake
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Rosy Senanayake
State Minister for Child Affairs
Member of Parliament
for Colombo District
Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia, Leader of the opposition of the Western Province Provincial Council
Personal details
Born (1958-01-05) 5 January 1958 (age 57)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Spouse(s) Athula Senanayake
Children Kanishka
Occupation Politician
Profession Activist
Religion Christian
Rosy Senanayake
Title Mrs World 1985,
Miss Asia Pacific International 1981,
Miss Sri Lanka 1980
Rosy Senanayake with Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and wife Rosmah Mansor in Colombo during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013.

Bernadine Rose Senanayake (known as Rosy Senanayake) (née Ramanayake; born 5 January 1958[1]), MP is a Sri Lankan politician,[2] current state minister for child development under President Maithripala Sirisena. She is also an activist, a former beauty queen, and a current member of the Sri Lankan parliament, she was the leader of the opposition in Western Provincial Council and is the United National Party Chief Organizer for the Colombo West electorate. Rosy Senanayake has served as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Malaysia[3] and was a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. She has been an activist on several issues and an active figure in the opposition gaining much lime light.

Beauty queen[edit]

Rosy Senanayake was the winner in the first Mrs World competition in 1985. She is also a former Miss Asia Pacific International 1981 and competed as Miss Sri Lanka in Miss World 1980.[4]

Community work[edit]

Her professional life has been devoted to promoting Sri Lanka, and particularly Sri Lankan trade, to the world. She promotes the rights of women and adolescents in her country, and as a United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador she has, through the National Youth Services Council, promoted reproductive health services for young people and for migrant women workers in Sri Lanka's Free Trade Zone.[5]

She has worked with the private sector to provide reproductive health services to employees of private companies in Sri Lanka, and recently starred in a film about reproductive health. Through her popular daytime television program 'Eliya' she has become an icon for women's and children's causes in Sri Lanka.

Diplomatic work[edit]

In 1998 she was appointed as a United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador. Rosy Senanayake was appointed as Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia in 2002, which she held until 2004.


A major opposition activist, she is the Chief Organiser for the Colombo West Electorate of the United National Party. She was elected to the Western Provincial Council in 2009 topping the preferential votes list in Colombo District obtaining 80,884 votes. There, she served as the Leader of the Opposition until being elected to the parliament in 2010 securing the fourth place in the UNP list with 66,357 preferences.[6] In Parliament, she has raised several prominent issues such as violence against women and childen, chauvinism and socio-cultural and socio-economic problems affecting Sri Lanka. Her professional life has been devoted to promoting Sri Lanka, and particularly Sri Lankan trade, to the world.[7]


UK based The Guardian in its edition on 14 June 2013 published an article titled, Top 10 sexist moments in politics: Julia Gillard, Hillary Clinton and more which described an encounter in 2012 between Rosy Senanayake and Kumara Welgama, Sri Lanka's transport minister, as sexist. Welgama is quoted as saying, "You are such a charming woman. I cannot explain my feelings here. But if you meet me outside Parliament, I will describe them … My thoughts are running riot … I don't want to reveal [them] to the public." Senanayake was strangely not impressed as saying, "......As a woman you are not recognised as a person who has done so many portfolios, but always referred to as the beauty you were in your heyday. I consider that as a sexist remark."[8]


Daughter of a civil servant, she was educated at Embilipitiya Maha Vidayala(1969–1974) and Ferguson High School, Ratnapura. She married Athula Senanayake, an entrepreneur[9] who is the son of Stanley Senanayake, a former Inspector General of Police and Maya Senanayake the daughter of the founder of Nalanda college P. de S. Kularatne(MP). They have three children Kanishka, Thisakya and Radhya.[10]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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402 news items


Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:37:30 -0700

She added that they view Rosy Senanayake's absence in the constitutional council as a loss and hopes that she would be given an opportunity through the national list. Dr. Nimalka Fernando also said: ”We ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to bring ...


Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:11:16 -0700

The United National Party convened a media briefing on Wednesday. Speaking at the event, UNP Colombo District Candidate, Rosy Senanayake said that it is quite evident that they are trying to steer this country to a point where the law of the jungle ...

Colombo Gazette

Colombo Gazette
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:25:20 -0700

Former United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake has confirmed that she had rejected a diplomatic posting offered to her. Senanayake, who lost the Parliamentary election last week, said that she feels she needs to remain close to the ...


Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:24:08 -0700

UNP has other Christian UNP Ministers working against Sinhala Buddhist issues, such as John Amaratunga, Michael Perera, Rosy Senanayake, Ravi Karunanayake, Mangala Samaraweera, Ranjan Ramanayake, and Ranil Wickramasinghe – himself a ...
Colombo Page
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:22:30 -0700

Former State Minister of Children's Affairs Rosy Senanayake, who contested from the UNP in Colombo district, has also surprisingly lost. Former Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Thilanga Sumathipala contested from Colombo ...

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:08:37 -0700

Department of Elections has already informed UNP Colombo District candidate Rosy Senanayake that her request for a recount of preferential votes in Colombo District cannot be met as the law doesn't provide necessary provisions for it. The Commissioner ...
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:30:00 -0700

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Bernadine Rosy Senanayake, 58, the defeated UNP parliamentary candidate who refused to re-enter the House through the backdoor of the National List thereby sparing much flack on UNFGG's yahapalanaya pledge. (Yet the UNFGG ...


Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:34:54 -0700

I saw that Rosy Senanayake of the UNP is listed topping the list among losers despite 65320, which is a tad more than lowest successful of the UPFA team. Not that I miss the misguided sayings of the one time Miss World, but to show the quirks of the ...

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