Statistical website of Sri Lanka

ජනලේඛන හා සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව

தொகைமதிப்பு மற்றும் புள்ளிவிபர திணைக்களம்

Department of Census and Statistics


The need for reliable, timely and meaningful gender statistics has gained high priority as the focus on Women’s contribution in development activities has heightened globally and nationally with the recognition of Women’s productive role in society.

In order to meet the growing demand for gender dis-aggregated statistics, the Department of Census and Statistics has been making a concerted effort to cater to the requirement of various data users by bringing together statistics and indicators to portray the situation of women relative to Men in major economic and social spheres.

The main sources of information contained in this web page are the Censuses and Surveys conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics. Statistics based on surveys with limited coverage are also presented wherever national statistics are not available. In addition to that, this web page contains gender statistics collected by other government and semi government agencies, and gender dis-aggregated data extracted from various administrative records.

The Department of Census and Statistics, with the objective of catering to the diverse gender statistics/indicator needs of Governmental, Non-governmental organizations, researchers and general public, has been preparing publications consisting of gender disaggregated data for more than two decades. This web page also includes four publications on gender statistics published in 1995, 1997, 2007 and 2014. The Department of Census and Statistics is planning to frequently update this web page as and when important gender related statistics/indicators are released.

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This first publication with gender disaggregated data was released in 1995. Prepared with the financial and technical assistance of ESCAP and UNIFEM under the project on “Improving gender Statistics”, this publication includes data tables as well as graphical presentations whenever salient features and gender based issues are required to be highlighted.

This report which could be considered as a supplement to the first publication contains an analysis of changing trends in the status and role of Women in Sri Lanka. This report attempts to shown the position of Sri Lanka relative to selected countries in respect of certain critical indicators.

This publication was prepared on the request of the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment which was keen to obtain gender disaggregated data on status of Women as the situation has changed rapidly during the decade since the previous publication. This report was published with the financial support from UNFPA.

Out of the total population of 20.3 million (as per the Census of Population and Housing conducted in 2012) 51.6 percent consisted of women who play a prominent role in the economic, political, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability. Preparation of this fourth publication was entrusted with the Department of Census and Statistics by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.