SRI LANKA: Women Going as Domestic Aides Abroad to be Further Restricted

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Times Online
Southern Asia
Sri Lanka
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Within the next three years, the minimum age of Sri Lankan women seeking employment as domestic workers aboard will be increased to 30, Foreign Employment Welfare Minister Dilan Perera said today.

He said this would be the first step in bringing about a complete freeze on Sri Lankan women going abroad for employment as domestic aides.

The Minister said the decision has been taken due the various difficulties these women are forced to undergo while serving mainly in the Middle Eastern nations.

The Government has already imposed a minimum age of 21 years for women going for such employment.