කාන්තා හා ළමා කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය

மகளிர் மற்றும் சிறுவர் விவகார அமைச்சு

Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

Overview

   The Ministry of Women and Child Affairs (MWCA) was established as per the Gazette Extraordinary No. 1933 of 9th September 2015. Sri Lanka Women’s Bureau, National Committee on Women, Department of Probation and Child Care Services, National Child Protection Authority and Children’s Secretariat are the Departments and Statutory Institutions under the Ministry. The goal behind the establishment of Ministry of Women and Child Affairs was the creation of Sri Lankan society that is sensitive to the needs of women and children would work for their betterment to achieve this goal.

Major responsibilities according to the Gazette

  1. Formulation of policies, programmes and projects, monitoring and evaluation in regard to the subjects of women and children and those subjects that come under the purview of  Institutions listed in Column II (Sri Lanka Women’s Bureau and National Committee on Women, Department of Probation and Child Care Services, National Child Protection Authority and Children’s Secretariat)
  2. Adoption of measures for the advancement of women’s quality of life
  3. Formulation and implementation of strategies for the enhancement of women’s participation and their representation in the sphere of decision making in public affairs and politics
  4. Adoption of measures for empowerment of women with special focus on groups affected by conflict and poverty, and to ensure gender equality and equity
  5. Implementation and strengthening of laws and policies for the prevention of women and child abuse
  6. Formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for empowerment of women-headed households
  7. Accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals
  8. Implementation of the Women’s Charter
  9. Formulation of policies and programmes on early childhood care and development aimed at bringing up a physically and mentally healthy child, coordination and liaison with provincial level committees, and  monitoring of activities
  10. Formulation and implementation of   plans, programmes and projects to promote rights of vulnerable children in line with national policies and international standards, thereby ensuring equal opportunities for them
  11. Implementation of the Children’s Charter
  12. Implementation of the Sevana Sarana Foster-Parent Scheme
  13. Matters relating to all other subjects assigned to Institutions listed in Column II
  14. Supervision of the Institutions  listed in Column II (Sri Lanka Women’s Bureau and National Committee on Women, Department of Probation and Child Care Services, National Child Protection Authority and Children’s Secretariat)

Supervision of the institutions listed in column II (Sri Lanka Women’s Bureau and National Committee on Women, Department of Probation and Child Care Services, National Child Protection Authority and Children’s Secretariat)

Vision

Towards a dignified nation ensuring the rights of children and women.

Mission

Formulating, executing and regulating provisions and policies aligned to practices of good governance to ensure the rights of children and women by empowering socio- economic conditions, instilling values and ensuring participation through strategic integration with all stakeholders leading to a dignified nation.

 

  History of the Ministry Year
  Women's Bureau in Sri Lanka was 1st established under the Ministry of Plan Implementation 1978
  Women's Bureau in Sri Lanka was re-established under the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Teaching Hospital 1983
  Ministry of Women's Affairs. (Separate Ministry) 1997
  Ministry of Women Empowerment and Social Welfare 2004
  Ministry of Child Development and Women's Empowerment 2006
  Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs 2010
  Ministry of Women's Affairs. 2015
  Ministry of Women and Child Affairs 2015