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.
OYOB 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
Life Skills Workshops
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AT THE VILLAGE LEVEL
Our 10 Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres across the Sri Lanka also offer Women’s Empowerment courses to rural women in each area. These courses are extremely popular, with countless success stories attributing to the high quality of our courses.
The courses include beauty culture, dress making, soft toy making and sewing, in addition to courses in English Language and Computer skills. The fact that our Centres reach deep into rural villages means that many women can divide their time between family responsibilities and learning new skills to empower themselves.
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.