Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The Government of Sri Lanka, with support from UN Women, developed a training manual to help labour attaches to better respond to sexual- and gender-based violence among women migrant workers. A second manual, which is now integrated in regular training sessions by the Bureau of Foreign Employment, explains basic rights and entitlements for women migrants.

Theme: Integration and Participation

GCM Objective: 3

The Government of Sri Lanka has provided pre-departure training for migrant workers since 1996. Training includes migrant worker registration and welfare benefits. Benefits incorporate pre-departure loans, scholarships for children and insurance coverage. All women domestic migrant workers going to Gulf Cooperation Council countries must obtain this pre-departure training.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14

The Government of Sri Lanka has entered into MoUs and bilateral agreements on labour migration to include measures on protection of the rights of women migrants. Through the Ministries of Foreign Employment and Foreign Affairs, migrants may file complaints with labour attaches in destination countries, such as Thailand and South Korea.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14, 15

The Government of Sri Lanka approved a national framework on prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in 2016. It developed this framework through the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs with support from UNDP. It includes provisions on child affairs, foreign employment, disaster management, economic development, employment, education, empowerment and prevention of violence.

Theme: Violence and Vulnerabilities

GCM Objective: 7, 14