Breaking barriers: Amirthalingam Ranjana's story

Women and girls are key agents of development, with gender equality and women's empowerment having the potential to accelarate progress towards the sustianable development goals. Rajana's story, and that of countless others like her, continue to stand testament to the transformative power of women as changemakers.

Date issued: 18 March 2021 |
Amirthalingam Ranjana is one of the many female heads of household in the northern province of Sri Lanka. A single mother, she continues to challenge norms and expectations in every step of her journey. Starting off as a storekeeper, Ranjana now employs 10 other women in her own business venture, as she strives to give her daughter a better future.


ILO Sri Lanka's LEED+ (Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation) Project is supporting workplaces to become more inclusive, paving the way for women like Ranjaja to participate in the world of work. The LEED+ Project is supported by the Government of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Government of Norway.