There is a clear gender-bias when it comes to the susceptibility to Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), with women receiving the short end of the stick. The prevalence of obesity, diabetics and cardiovascular diseases – leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and disability – is high among women in Sri Lanka. This article examines the risk factors that make women more vulnerable to NCDs and discusses how Sri Lanka’s health policy can combat this issue to protect women.
The apparel industry has been a key contributor of the Sri Lankan economy and a major job creator for women over the years. However, there is an increasing difficulty in recruiting women into the industry, especially at the lower levels, leading to a crippling labour shortage in the industry. This article by Sunimalee Madurawala examines the key reasons behind the issue and gives policy recommendations to attract women to the apparel sector.
Marking International Women’s Day 2016, this article explores steps Sri Lanka can take to ensure that the country meets SDG Goal 5; ‘Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls’.
This article to mark the National Occupational Safety & Health Week, highlights measures that can be taken in order to to safeguard paddy farmers from occupational health hazards.
Networking and Information: Crucial Ingredients in Empowering Women Owned and Led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Sri Lanka
In this special article to mark the Intentional Women’s Day Sunimalee Madurawala points out the importance of enhancing access to ‘information’ and ‘networking’ in order to empower women entrepreneurs.