A statistical summary of Sri Lanka's socio-economic indicators makes impressive reading: The remarkable progress recorded by Sri Lanka towards attaining the MDGs was made despite the widespread destruction of life and property by one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world, the unprecedented 2004 tsunami and the global food, energy and financial crises.
Our macro policies have ensured transformational change in the lives of Sri Lanka's women and our experience could serve as a model for other countries.
Girls who compete on equal terms with the boys to gain access to institutions of higher learning in the country, comprise the majority who graduate from the medical, teaching and nursing schools and constitute a significant portion of the public service.
Family reunifications are progressing with the assistance of the ICRC and the UNICEF.
(Human Rights Watch estimates that over 21,000 children were drafted by the terrorists for combat duty and used mainly as cannon fodder).
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Women with education began to enter the employment market in ever increasing numbers.
Educated women ensured that their children also aspired to high educational attainment.
In many places, it is the women who continue to spend the major part of the day fetching water or fire-wood, denying them of opportunities to seek a better life.
Sri Lanka's experience with policies that encourage gender equality and women's empowerment has placed the country in a special category in the developing world.
It is also noteworthy that almost 80% of Sri Lanka's population has remained in rural areas despite the country's rapidly increasing prosperity.