Female Employment for Inclusive Growth: Trends, Issues and Concerns of Female Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka

One persistent problem faced by the labour market in Sri Lanka is the consistent low participation of females in the labour market. Only about one-third of the working age females are engaged in the labour market. This study assesses how growth has affected female labour force participation. It finds that labour markets opportunities in accessing labour markets have declined for women over time, and this decline is experienced by women in all income classes. The study finds that women’s labour market activities are highly dependent on non-economic factors, particularly familial responsibilities and child care.

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Sunimalee Madurawala
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