Joint UN Programme on Prevention of and Response to Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka

ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO, supported by the UN Resident Coordinator and the Chairperson of the UN Gender Theme Group in Sri Lanka – invests their combined expertise and resources through this Project to reduce Gender-Based Violence through multi-sectoral interventions, and the effective implementation of laws and policies in keeping with international standards.

The combination of strategies and activities in the Programme are designed to address issues within the health, criminal justice, law enforcement and social services sectors that are affecting the delivery of an effective and sustained response to reduce GBV. The Programme will support national partners to reduce GBV through multi‐sectoral interventions and effective implementation of laws and policies.

Project objectives

ILO’s component within the joint programme include:

  • Strengthening the private sector through training of management‐level staff, human resource officers, and workers using the “Code of Conduct and Procedures to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” and “Guidelines for Company Policy on Gender Equity/Equality” developed by the ILO and the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon (EFC).
  • Sensitizing ILO constituents on gender equality and how to incorporate gender equity guidelines in the areas of: Recruitment and selection; training and development; performance appraisals; promotions; remuneration; communications; working conditions; prevention of sexual harassment; workers with family responsibilities; compliance with legislation; monitoring and ensuring sustained interest; inspiration towards a new work ethic/culture.
  • Developing an operational guideline (step‐by‐step) on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace through analyzing existing company policies and other materials on human resource management based on current gaps.
  • Developing a model policy with companies signing up to integrate gender equality policies including prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Project partners and stakeholders

  • Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC)
  • Trade Unions

For further information

Mr Rasika Somaweera

Programme Assistant