UNDP launches 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report on GenderApr 1, 2010
30,000 mostly female employees of the Sri Lankan garment industry had lost their jobs by February 2009
More women die during child birth in South Asia than in any other part of the world.
Women earn less than men in Asia Pacific countries.
These were some of the findings of the UNDP 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report on Gender. The report, which was launched on the 30th of March at the Goethe Institute Colombo, focuses on the economic, legal and political aspects of women’s rights.
Though Sri Lanka, according to UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Neil Buhne, is performing better than most of its neighbours in South Asia when it comes to gender equality, it still has a long way to go. Scope for improvement can be seen in areas like women’s political participation, access to legal rights and women’s participation in the workforce. Ms. Dhara Wijayatilake, Secretary of the Ministry of Plan Implementation, who spoke at the launch, said that in order to fix these issues Sri Lankans must have a change of attitude about women’s rights (Click here for a full text of the speech). This point was also stressed by the third speaker Ms. Jansila Majeed, who was the winner of the International Woman of Courage Award for 2010.
This informative and interesting report reveals a great deal about the problems faced by South Asian women and what we as a country and a region need to do to solve these problems.
For more information on this report, titled “Power, Voice and Rights” please visit http://www2.undprcc.lk/ext/pvr/.