Report summary: Sri Lanka’s limited recognition of non-female family caregivers, its lack of state funding of maternity benefits, and exclusion of domestic workers from its labor law coverage contributed to an overall poor score of 3.42. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka sports generous state healthcare services and nursing support for mothers alongside robust protections for forced and underage domestic workers.
The authors of this report, Dr Anju Mary Paul and Shanya Sadanandan, have also discussed Sri Lanka’s exclusion of domestic workers from the coverage of nearly all labour protections in the Sri Lanka-based The Sunday Times op-ed on 13 June 2021. The full article may be read here.
|GDP (USD, billion)||80.7|
|Human Development Index||0.782|
|Women’s Labor Force Participation Rate||36%|
|Percentage of the Informal Economy||57%|
|Old-age Dependency Ratio||17.3%|
|Access to Basic Drinking Water*||92%|
|Access to Electricity*||99.6%|
|Access to Sanitation Services*||94%|
|Access to Essential Health Services*†||66%|
Source: World Bank Open Data, Human Development Index, International Labour Organization 2019, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
* Household access
†The WHO defines essential health services as “the average [household] coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; and service capacity and access; among the general and the most disadvantaged population”
Data correct as of 2020.