When it comes to empowering Sri Lankan women in economic terms, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. It is important to look at the differences in women’s needs and priorities from different settings, in order to introduce more effective development efforts. On International Women’s Day, this blog analyses the issues faced by rural and urban women and discusses ways in which these women can be empowered using a variety of strategies.
Female leadership is a widely discussed topic in today’s world – and many countries have now recognized the importance of having women in top positions. Sri Lanka, however, is sadly lagging behind in this regard. As such, this blog attempts to draw attention to some of the pertinent social and economic issues that discourage Sri Lankan women from realizing their true leadership potential.
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’.