The new Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has committed herself to making gender equality central to the Post-2015 Development Agenda which is the most challenging socio-economic preoccupation of the organization at the moment.Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former Vice President of South Africa, was recently installed by the Secretary-General to succeed Ms. The UN's emphasis on economic empowerment and poverty eradication, with a key focus on education, especially through the full use of technology and innovation, will bring enormous benefits to women and girls around the world, but it will be the responsibility of states themselves to implement their international commitments domestically.
Educated women ensured that their children also aspired to high educational attainment.
Sri Lanka's political dealership and policy framers recognised early, the mutually reinforcing links between gender equality, rapid economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Universal adult franchise was granted to Sri Lankans (then Ceylonese) in 1931.
In many places, it is the women who continue to spend the major part of the day fetching water or fire-wood, denying them of opportunities to seek a better life.
Sri Lanka's experience with policies that encourage gender equality and women's empowerment has placed the country in a special category in the developing world.