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Sri Lanka Aims to Improve Rights for Women Migrant Workers Abroad, Create Jobs at HomeHundreds of thousands of women leave Sri Lanka each year to work abroad, as the government, nongovernmental organizations and foreign employment agencies aim to improve migrant workers’ rights abroad and create job opportunities at home. Women migrant workers reveal mixed experiences when it comes to foreign employment.
AMBATENNA, SRI LANKA – Rohini Jayalath, 42, left her home in Ambatenna in Sri Lanka’s Central province 15 years ago to search for a job in the Middle East in order to help her impoverished family.

Jayalath’s father died when she was 8. Her mother worked at a weaving center to earn money to support their family, but she died in 1993. With the responsibility of her siblings on her shoulders, Jayalath left Sri Lanka, where jobs were scarce, to search for employment abroad in 1995. A private employment agency helped her find a job at a factory.

“I did a job at a factory for about eight years,” she says.

She says she saved her earnings and moved back to Sri Lanka in 2003 to start a better life for herself and her family.

“I started a small grocery shop in my village with my savings,” she says. “Now I am so proud to tell that it is in a well-improved condition. Luckily, I could construct my own house without taking any loan.”

She says that in recent years, the Sri Lankan government has increased support for migrant workers.

“Now the foreign job seekers get more government intervention than we got earlier,” she says. “Government provides big support and facilities now. Foreign embassies have been established in almost in all the Middle East countries.”

She says that the government is also working to resolve other issues.

“More attention is being given to the problems faced by the migrants,” she says. “Training for the foreign job seekers [has] been given by the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, which is very important.”
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Sri Lanka Aims to Improve Rights for Women Migrant Workers Abroad, Create Jobs at Home

Hundreds of thousands of women leave Sri Lanka each year to work abroad, as the government, nongovernmental organizations and foreign employment agencies aim to improve migrant workers’ rights abroad and create job opportunities at home. Women migrant workers reveal mixed experiences when it comes to foreign employment.

AMBATENNA, SRI LANKA – Rohini Jayalath, 42, left her home in Ambatenna in Sri Lanka’s Central province 15 years ago to search for a job in the Middle East in order to help her impoverished family.

Jayalath’s father died when she was 8. Her mother worked at a weaving center to earn money to support their family, but she died in 1993. With the responsibility of her siblings on her shoulders, Jayalath left Sri Lanka, where jobs were scarce, to search for employment abroad in 1995. A private employment agency helped her find a job at a factory.

“I did a job at a factory for about eight years,” she says.

She says she saved her earnings and moved back to Sri Lanka in 2003 to start a better life for herself and her family.

“I started a small grocery shop in my village with my savings,” she says. “Now I am so proud to tell that it is in a well-improved condition. Luckily, I could construct my own house without taking any loan.”

She says that in recent years, the Sri Lankan government has increased support for migrant workers.

“Now the foreign job seekers get more government intervention than we got earlier,” she says. “Government provides big support and facilities now. Foreign embassies have been established in almost in all the Middle East countries.”

She says that the government is also working to resolve other issues.

“More attention is being given to the problems faced by the migrants,” she says. “Training for the foreign job seekers [has] been given by the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, which is very important.”



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Women’s World Cup Begins, Female Athletes in Nigeria Demand Equality in Sports

Nigerian Women's Sports

Nigeria’s national women’s football team, the Super Falcons, arrived in Germany this week for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their first match is this Sunday against France. As one of the most successful sports teams in Nigeria’s history, female athletes across the country say they are beginning to call for more support, coverage and advancement of women’s sports.

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Mental Illness on the Rise Among Women in Rural Nepal

An increasing number of women in rural areas report suffering from mental illness. Experts attribute this to poverty, illiteracy, gender injustice, civil war and neglect. Doctors cite a lack of facilities, knowledgeable personnel and government support in treating these women. Government officials say policies are in place, but they just need to be executed.


In Nepal, there has been a gradual increase in awareness of mental health in the general population and the number of people seeking treatment, according to a 2006 World Health Organization, WHO, report. There is a national mental health policy, and psychotropic drugs are now widely available.


But Nepal has only one official psychiatric hospital, and mental health services are scarce in remote and rural areas, according to the WHO. Recent statistics on mental illness and effective health legislation are also lacking. Financial constraints complicate care, as the majority of Nepalis live in extreme poverty. To date, the government has allocated little of the budget to mental health care.



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