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Getting to work : unlocking women's potential in Sri Lanka's labor force (Inglês)

Sri Lanka has the 14th-largest gender gap in labor force participation globally: 36 percent forwomen versus 75 percent for men in 2016.Despite significant progress in women’s health and education, female labor force participation in Sri Lanka has remained consistently below middle income country averages and even declined in recent years. This presents a significant challenge to the country’s growth and equity goals. With the rapidly aging population, it is imperative tobring more women into the work force.Young women have the highest unemployment rate in Sri Lanka (29 percent for the 15-24 age group in 2016), and the gender gap in youth unemployment has widenedsince the end of the civil war.Women are paid less than men in both the public and private sectors.While the raw gender wage gap has narrowed over time, it is increasingly determined by discrimination and less so by qualifications. Women are concentrated in low skill jobsand find it even harder to move up the ladder now than before the end of the conflict.

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