July 08, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to conduct a Women's Wellbeing Survey as the need for official statistics has arisen in order to address the gender based violence and domestic violence against women.
Provisions pertaining to the safety and empowerment of women have been provided in the Constitution and in many other Acts, the government says.
Accordingly, programs pertaining to the empowerment of women are being implemented by the Government jointly in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations.
"However, due to the information pertaining to the lower percentage of women in the labor market in Sri Lanka, gender based violence and domestic violence against women, circulating in the society through unofficial statistics, the need for official statistics has surfaced to understand the real life situation of women," a statement on the cabinet decisions said.
The Women's Wellbeing Survey will be conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics using a donor facility of Rs. 26.9 million, to be granted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka.
The cabinet has granted its approval to a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to conduct the National Level survey on the women's wellbeing and to publish its report.