Work or Family: Sri Lankan Women Shouldn’t Have to Choose

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • At just 36.6% percent, female labour force participation in Sri Lanka is low; further, having a child under age five at home makes women 7.4 percent less likely to join the labor force than women without young children.
  • Companies who provide childcare support have been able to retain experienced employees (both women and men), reduce absenteeism, and boost employee satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Corporate HR policies that pursue diversity can play a key role in supporting inclusive workplaces.

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