The New Humanitarian | What Sri Lanka’s economic crisis looks like for women

With inflation soaring above 64 percent, Sri Lankans have been reeling for months from an economic crisis that is jeopardising their health, education, and basic living standards, driving many into hunger and poverty.

The skyrocketing costs of living have impacted everyone, but some marginalised communities and groups are particularly hard hit; among them women who face the double burden of trying to earn an income while also performing unpaid care work at home, for children or elderly relatives.

Sri Lanka’s sudden collapse stemmed from myriad factors, including: years of economic mismanagement; the pandemic’s double blow to tourism and remittances; and decades of forced reliance on foreign loans.

Source: The New Humanitarian | What Sri Lanka’s economic crisis looks like for women