The Changing Role of Women in Sri Lankan Society


De Alwis, Malathi. 2002. “The Changing Role of Women in Sri Lankan Society.” Social Research 69 (3): 675-690.

Author: Malathi De Alwis


The article discusses the changes in the role of women in the Sri Lankan society. The education of women, their employment outside the home, their agitation for political rights, their assumption of political office, and others have been perceived as potential threats to women's traditional roles and status within such society at various moments in Sri Lankan history. The author has argued that the primary premise of such debates and discourses regarding the role of women have not changed. It was stated that women in this are also victims of domestic and outside violence such as war.

Keywords: gender roles, tradition, war widows, female-headed households

Topics: Domestic Violence, Education, Gender, Women, Political Participation, Rights, Violence Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Sri Lanka

Year: 2002

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