The United Nations Population Fund says it will continue to support the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs in the process of submitting a comprehensive National Action Plan for Women Headed Households to the Cabinet for approval, prior to the initial hearings of the 2018 Budget.
The UNFPA said in 2015, in response to the UN Gender Theme Group’s proposal on women headed households, the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs drafted a National Action Plan for Women Headed Households.
The Plan provides interventions in six priority areas: health and psychosocial support, livelihood development, support services systems, protection, social security and national level policy formulation.
The UNFPA has supported the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to conduct focused discussions based on the six sectors.
The UNFPA said discussions are revealing a multitude of challenges for women headed households specifically related to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The UN Nations Population Fund added another key challenge that was identified through discussions was the issue surrounding land rights and ownership.
UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, Ritsu Nacken said, the challenges faced by women-headed households in Sri Lanka must be addressed as a priority.
She said in the journey towards achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development it is important that the needs of these women are addressed and that they are given opportunities to contribute to the national development and peacebuilding processes, in ensuring that no one is left behind.