With the country ranked as having the 14th largest gender gap in labour force participation (LFP) in the world, Sri Lankan women are paid less than men in both the public and private sectors according to the latest findings from a World Bank report.
“The LFP in Sri Lanka is 36% for women compared to 75% for men in 2016,” the report said.
The average monthly wages between men and women, according to the World Bank report, has a gap of 14.9%.
Men and women included in the research, conducted in 2015, have represented all provinces and all sectors and found men’s average monthly wage accounted for Rs. 20,840 and women’s average monthly wage was Rs. 17,730.
The World Bank report ‘Getting to Work - Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force’, which was released last week, found that the country’s LFP gap was greater than that of several other South Asian countries, despite Sri Lanka serving as a model for the region in many other gender outcomes.
According to the World Bank’s statistics, only one in three females was in the country’s workforce.
Sources : news24