To help more women enter the better-paying managerial jobs in the booming maritime logistics hub, two trailblazers–one a highway engineer, the other a supply-chain manager–aim to make their trade institute a model of gender balance for the island nation.
Sri Lankan women who were Tamil combatants a year ago are leaving rehabilitation camps and moving into the work force. Four hundred just arrived at a hostel for workers in a factory that ships clothes to Target and Wal-Mart.
From Sri Lanka to the United States, 2006 begins with women around the world still enduring the effects of last year’s natural disasters. Ritu Sharma says investing in poor women is essential to the recovery and reconstruction process.
From cultivating paddy fields to starting chicken farms, women in a remote region of Sri Lanka devastated by the Asian tsunami a year ago are using tiny amounts of financing to make extraordinary recoveries.
Almost 200 female activists from nearly 70 countries met in Sri Lanka Tuesday to address issues including violence, harassment and intimidation faced by female human rights activists, Amnesty International announced. The London-based human rights organization reported that women who advocate on behalf of human rights face increased challenges including growing fundamentalism and militarism, as well as hostility toward political activists.
As aid workers in Sri Lanka consider the sad statistics left by the tsunami, they say that customs in poor, rural villages that tie women to a strict standard of modesty and caretaking were a major cause of death.