Feature articles

September 2016

  1. Post war resilience: New skills bring better incomes for Sri Lankan women

    01 September 2016

    An ILO and Australian Government project is increasing economic resilience and prosperity in post-war Sri Lanka.

June 2016

  1. Diversity brings prosperity in Northern Sri Lanka

    01 June 2016

    The ILO and Australian government are working to reduce vulnerability and strengthen market networks for Sri Lankan smallholders.

March 2016

  1. Women at Work – Trends 2016

    08 March 2016

    Gender gap in labour force participation has declined only marginally. Joni Simpson, Senior Specialist on Gender, Equality & Non-Discrimination, explains the report findings including wage gaps and some of the specific challenges that prevent women in Asia and the Pacific from contributing fully to the economy and society.

  2. Sri Lanka: From dream to work

    01 March 2016

    A new ILO project helps people find decent jobs in areas of Sri Lanka that were affected by civil war.

May 2015

  1. The way back to school

    31 May 2015

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.

April 2015

  1. Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    01 April 2015

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.

February 2015

  1. Peace, prosperity and papayas

    02 February 2015

    Her papaya crop is paying off for a widowed farmer helped by the ILO-supported LEED program, which has boosted business in fisheries, construction and agriculture.

July 2014

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    Bold move in Sri Lanka lets people with HIV get health coverage

    07 July 2014

    For the first time, leading insurance firms in Sri Lanka will cover HIV-related medical costs. The move – spearheaded by the ILO – means increased access to treatment and a better quality of life for HIV-positive patients and their families.

January 2013

  1. ILO helps Sri Lanka war victims pick up the pieces

    02 January 2013

    Fishermen who lost their boats during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war are back at sea. Farmers are learning to get better yields and war widows are running businesses. A look at how an ILO project is helping victims of the bitter conflict.

October 2012

  1. Rebuilding lives shattered in Sri Lanka’s conflict

    19 October 2012

    Three years after the end of Sri Lanka’s bitter civil war, victims are still struggling to rebuild their lives. A joint UN project seeks to give them a new start through training and job placement.