Protecting Working Women’s Rights: SL falls 10-13 places to 147th position

Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 10 2021

Paneetha Ameresekere 

Sri Lanka has sharply slipped by between 10 to 13 places to the 147th position in the World Bank’s  (WB’s)recently released 'Women, Business and the Law 2021' rankings, which plots such ratings among 190 countries last year over that of 2019.

Sri Lanka scored 65.6 points out of a possible 100 in this regard. In the previous year 2019 Sri Lanka was ranked 134th -137th equal with a score of 68.1 points, together with Djibouti, Jamaica and St Vincent and Grenadines, respectively.

The rankings are based on eight indicators structured around women’s interactions with the law as they move through their careers vis-à-vis mobility, workplace, pay, marriage, parenthood, entrepreneurship, assets and pension, the WB said.

Meanwhile, four other South Asian economies were placed higher than Sri Lanka in last year’s rankings. They were Nepal (80.6 points) - 86th to 89th positions equal together with Grenada, Israel and Kenya respectively;  India (74.4 points)-122nd -124th positions equal with Gambia and Madagascar, respectively; the Maldives (73.8 points)-125th  to 126th positions (equal) with Suriname, respectively and Bhutan (71.9 points)-ranked 131st, respectively.

Sri Lanka’s 2019 peer rankers, Djibouti, Jamaica and St Vincent and Grenadines, saw their ratings unchanged at 68.1 points. These three countries, together with Marshall Islands, were ranked ahead of Sri Lanka, by occupying places 139 to 142 equal with a common score of 68.1 points each.

In related developments, 10 countries had a perfect score of 100 out of 100 each. They were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia Luxembourg, Portugal and Sweden respectively.

Paneetha Ameresekere | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 10 2021

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