The United Nations says Sri Lanka has achieved significant progress towards equality for women with positive gender indicators in health and education.
The United Nations mentioned this in a message marking the International Women’s Day 2011. The UN report notes that participation of women in Parliament continues to be low with only 5.7% of parliamentarians being women.
In the message released to mark the 100th commemoration of International Women’s Day, the United Nations stressed the importance of equal access to education, training and science and technology to drive economic growth, empower women, and ensure the wellbeing of their families, their communities, and nations. The global agency said this year’s theme “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: pathway to decent work for women,” is more important now than ever because wide differences within and across countries continue to persist despite a closing gender gap in education. The World Body called on all nations to strive to ensure the full and equal participation of women in all areas of public and private life.