Laws relating to working women in Sri Lanka

Factories Ordinance of 1950 and subsequent Amendments, Maternity Benefits Ordinance of 1941, Shop and Office Employees Act of 1954, Young Persons and Children Act of 1956 and various laws relating to women in Sri Lanka

The Laws that apply to working women in Sri Lanka are:

  1. Women’s safety and health in the workplace –
    1. Factories Ordinance of 1950 and subsequent Amendments -
  2. women’s rights during the period of maternity
    1. Maternity Benefits Ordinance of 1941
    2. Shop and Office Employees Act of 1954,
  3. Law protecting the rights of women in the workplace
    1. Employment of Women,
    2. Young Persons and Children Act of 1956 and subsequent amendments.
  4. The equality of men and women is enshrined in the Constitution of Sri Lanka and as a member state of the ILO Sri Lanka is obliged to create the environment for decent work, which in turn leads to productivity and security of service for men and women alike. The ILO’s Decent Work Agenda states that Productive Employment and Decent Work are key elements to achieving a fair globalization and the reduction of poverty.
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