Colombo, Oct 23 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Monday said his administration will create safer working conditions for women as women participation in the labour market had remained low in recent years.
In an economic policy statement delivered in Parliament, Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka had a low percentage of women in the labour market compared to other countries in the region and majority of advanced and emerging market economies.
The present Women Labour Force Participation rate is less than half of that of males, lingering around 30%-35% since 1990s.
“This participation is not enough to sustain the high growth momentum of the economy,” Wickremesinghe said.
He added his administration would take steps to improve the public transport systems enabling women to travel comfortably to their workplaces.
“We are introducing the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with this purpose. This will greatly ease the current passenger congestion and provide a convenient and a safe mode of transport,” the Prime Minister said.
The government will also draft new laws to strengthen the maternity benefits for employed women while access to tertiary and vocational education facilities will be improved.
Small and Medium Enterprises will be encouraged and strengthened as women can play a major role in these enterprises, Wickremesinghe concluded.