It has become apparent that natural disasters have a gender aspect, where women are often affected more severely than men. A woman’s pre-disaster familial responsibilities are magnified and expanded by a disaster, often with significantly less support and resources. The author argues that, given that women are often in a disadvantaged position in many contexts, the promotion of gender equality implies that attention need to be paid to female empowerment in disaster management.
Female migrant workers make a vital contribution to the Sri Lankan economy, mainly through remittances. However, this economic gain often comes at a heavy social cost on the children they leave behind. This article highlights the discriminatory nature of the recent restriction on labour migration of mothers.
Does Foreign Employment through an Agency Minimize Vulnerability of Sri Lankan Female Domestic Workers?
It is often perceived that recruitment of female domestic workers through formal channels minimizes vulnerability. Is this really the case? A new study takes a closer look…
Sri Lanka’s Balancing Act of Promoting International Migration while Protecting the Well-being of Migrants and their Families
With 250,000 leaving each year, labour migration is a growing policy priority. But how do we tackle the trade-off between promoting migration and protecting the welfare of migrants?
In the wake of the execution of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek on 9th February 2013, accused of smothering an infant in her care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the human rights of migrant workers have come to the forefront of the policy discussion on migration. This article discusses what the next step needs to be in developing a comprehensive governing framework for migrant labour, and argues that collective action is the strongest tool in the arsenal of sending countries in protecting migrant workers.