Often caught between family obligations and being independent, many women never have the chance to develop the necessary skills for employment. This is more true for rural Sri Lankan women, who find themselves pigeonholed into being home makers, pressured by family, society and cultural norms. Women in Sri Lanka form approximately 57% of a total estimated population of 21 million. However, out of the total economically active population of 8.5 million people, only 33.4% are women. Thus, almost 70% of the labour force constitutes economically inactive women. (Salary.lk) The Women’s Empowerment Centre seeks to change this, by offering an array of empowerment courses, free of charge, to rural women.
MCC Centre of Excellence – Women’s Empowerment Centre
The Women’s Enterprise & Empowerment Centre programmes help rural women to develop their fiscal strength by providing the necessary foundation and skills for employment.
The courses are specially catered to the needs of women to give them flexible options to work from within their home or enter the job market, as per personal preference and need.
The ability to earn an income and contribute towards the family finances often provides these women (both young and old) with greater independence, security and the decision making power to determine the direction their life will take.
Soft Toy Making
A holistic rural community development model seeking to bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities via 10 empowerment divisions across 500+ villages island-wide reaching over 35,000 beneficiaries annually, free of cost.