Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka considering to remove child care from the duty list of migrant housemaids
Sun, Jan 20, 2013, 09:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 20, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka is studying the possibilities of excluding childcare from the duty list of Sri Lankan housemaids employed overseas.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion is considering to make the employment agencies to sign agreements to guarantee that the Sri Lankan housemaids will not be employed for caring of children.

The Ministry will also introduce new legislations to raise the minimum age for all housemaids migrating abroad for employment to 25, says Amal Senadhilankara, Chairman of the Foreign Employment Bureau.

Sri Lankan organizations agitate demanding suspension of deploying Sri Lankan women as housemaids abroad especially following the beheading of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek by Saudi Arabia for charges of killing a baby she was looking after.

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) however, said there were no plans yet to suspend Sri Lankan women from going to Saudi Arabia as housemaids, despite pressure from women's rights groups.

The Ministry says it is promoting the employment of skilled workers to avoid situations similar to Nafeek's case and is in the process of identifying the weak and neglected areas pertaining to unskilled domestic workers and strengthening their skills.

Remittances from migrant workers are a major contribution to the country's economy and the majority of the expatriate employees are housemaids in Middle Eastern countries.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
UN scales up support to Sri Lankan government's peacebuilding and development agendas
-- [8 hours ago]
President to instruct Provincial Councils on spending their allocations based on priority of development
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka judiciary rules financial crime investigating unit is legal
-- [9 hours ago]
High level ministerial meeting to counter drug trafficking in Colombo on 29 October
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Central Bank teams up with Inland Revenue Department to fight money laundering, terrorist financing
Sri Lanka government values the work of the United Nations in the country - Foreign Minister
Sri Lanka's Northern Province Chief Minister refuses to hoist LTTE flag at an event in London - report
Norwegian tall ship Sørlandet visits Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo
Cricket legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene join EU in Sri Lanka to raise awareness in violence against women
Jaffna University students peacefully protest demanding justice for colleagues' deaths

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.