Place of Women in Sri Lankan Society Measures for Their Empowerment for Development and Good Governance

H.M.A. Herath


Despite far-reaching economic, social and political developments in Sri Lanka over the
last century or so, Sri Lankan women continue to occupy a subordinate status. While
women are not subjected to extreme forms of oppression, many adverse structures and
forces, such as the patriarchal social structure, woman’s role in the family, traditional
values, rituals and myths, the division of labour and unequal pay, and women’s lack
of participation in politics contribute to the continuing subordination of Sri Lankan
women. In this context, this article seeks to address the socio-economic, cultural and
political processes that shape the status and the progress of women in Sri Lanka. It
emphasizes the policy makers to ensure that Sri Lankan women are empowered to
participate in development. For this to happen, the article, however, argues that an
attitudinal change and a paradigm shift in the minds of policy makers and the society at
large must be accomplished.

Empowerment, Sri Lanka, Subordination, Women

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