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The management of solid waste represents one of the key environmental and social challenges Sri Lanka is facing today. Un-decent working conditions, productivity gaps and gender inequality remain issues to be seriously tackled. Although the number of female workers tends to be equal to their male counterparts, most women carry out waste collection tasks, with few holding supervisory positions. Despite these severe challenges, the employment intensive waste management sector in Sri Lanka still offers huge potential for green jobs creation. The sector was therefore selected for pilot demonstration activities under the ILO Green Jobs in Asia project.
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