6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?

Sri Lanka has reached gender parity in primary education with the ‘ratio of girls to boys in primary education’ reaching 100% percent in 2009/10. In secondary and tertiary and collegiate education, the proportion of girls to boys exceeds 100 percent. Labour force participation is particulary low for women, where men are twice as likely to participate in the labour market than women. The rate for women climbed above 40% only in districts where the agricultural share of employment was above 50%, for example, in Badulla and Monaragala districts. Women in wage employment however, in the non-agricultural sector was only 32.2 percent in 2006, and political representation is only 6%.

Strategies need to be developed to increase employment opportunities for women with secondary and higher levels of education in all districts.

UNDP's work in Sri Lanka

  • Ampara District Women’s Forum holds inaugural event

    Making significant contributions towards increasing the participation of women in decision-making processes in Ampara District, where female participation in local governance structures is amongst the lowest in the country, the newly established Ampara District Women’s Forum will hold their inaugural event on April 5, 2012. more

0.61 years
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament