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In Sri Lanka, PLEDGE Women Empowerment program ensures gender equality. It improves livelihood, promoting women’s confidence, self-worth, and ability to determine their own choices to take responsibility for their families.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 states, “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

Women’s empowerment and promoting women’s rights have emerged as a significant global movement and continue to break new ground in recent years. As a result, days like International Women’s Empowerment Day are also gaining momentum.

Women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence in every part of the world and the North East of Sri Lanka. In addition, decades of civil war made women carry their family burden on their shoulders as the breadwinner for the family. Hence, our women empowerment projects foster employment opportunities for women-headed families in North and East Sri Lanka.

#  Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
#  Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.
#  Promote education, training, and professional development for women.
#  Implement enterprise development, supply chain, and marketing practices that empower women.
# Promoting women’s economic empowerment.
# Address barriers faced by women entrepreneurs, including the market supply-side gap preventing
women from accessing finance.
# Supporting women to access resources and innovations to improve agricultural productivity to income.


Empowering women is essential to the health and social development of families in Sri Lanka. When women live safe, fulfilled, and productive lives, they can reach their full potential. Contributing their skills to the workforce and can raise happier and healthier children. They can also help fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity in their districts.

Empowering women will create economic growth in their village, political stability, social transformation and empower women leadership.

Women’s adult literacy is lower than men, and women’s unemployment rate is higher than men. For the last three decades, this was the case, indicating that while women have access to education, not able to translate into equal employment later in life. This is an issue that needs to be addressed by the government and the local NGOs to ensure that access to education and jobs benefits in the long run.

The Global Gender Gap Report grades 144 countries on their progress toward attaining gender equality in four areas: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. Sri Lanka has been declining from its position in the top 20 since 2010.

Join our women empowerment program to contribute towards helping women to improve the lives of underprivileged women by providing them with a regular source of income.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka.

The PLEDGE promoting women and girls rights in Sri Lanka.  North and East mostly affected area from the civil war, families has been displaced many times, lost everything and now left with nothing.  We:

  • Improve recognition of shame, autonomy and clarity on challenges to sustainable development.
  • Build knowledge of rights and laws on which spontaneous solutions to these challenges are based.
  • Strengthen leader disciplines needed to ably use rights and laws when pursuing solutions.
  • Mobilize a community-based umbrella network of women-led organizations and Cooperative (Network) across boundaries to drive development.

Our work focuses across foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development that will deliver economic development, growth and stability in the regions.