The UNGEI partnership is committed to heightening policy impact through collective advocacy and coordinated action; knowledge exchange, sharing evidence-based solutions and learning; and strengthening partnerships and collaborative approaches. Our Annual Report highlights activities in 2014 and includes stories from partners, key events, highlights from programmes and initiatives that contributed towards our goal of improving girls' learning and achieving gender equality.
This paper focuses on Sri Lanka, a country with a long record of gender equality in education enrollment and high female completion rates, which has also been characterized by low and stagnant female labor force participation. It remains a puzzle why Sri Lanka has been unable to translate its high girlsĺ education gains into female labor force participation. This paper examines whether clues to the answer lie in (1) gender differences in skill acquisition, which have implications for education policy; (2) differences in the way the labor market values identical skills in men and women, with implications for labor market policy interventions, or (3) in the gender division of labor in the household, which has implications for family-friendly and social policies.