Assisting in the formulation of policies in relation to the subject of Women and Child Development for the creation of a “Prosperous Society” under the direction and guidance of the Minister of Women, Child Affairs and Social Empowerment in conformity with the prescribed Laws, Acts and Ordinances and implementing, projects under the National Budget, State Investment and National Development Programme, and implementing, monitoring and evaluating subjects and functions of the relevant Department and Institutes.

Department of Probation and Child Care Services

National Child Protection Authority

National Secretariat for Early Childhood Development

National Committee on Women

Women’s Bureau of Sri Lanka

Special Priorities according to the Gazette

1. Formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects, in relation to the subject of Women, Child Affairs and Social Empowerment and those subjects that come under the purview of Departments, Statutory Institutions and Public Corporations listed in Column II based on the national policies implemented by the government, and in accordance with the policy statement “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” 

2. Provision of public services under the purview of the Ministry in an efficient and people friendly manner 

3. Reforming all systems and procedures using modern management techniques and technology, thus ensuring that the functions of the Ministry are fulfilled while eliminating corruption and waste.

4. Implementation of Women’s Charter

5. Formulation and implementation of strategies to enhance women’s participation and representation in decision making in state affairs and the political field

6. Adoption of necessary measures for empowerment of women affected by confl icts and poverty 

7.  Strengthening and Implementation of laws and policies for the prevention of women and child abuse 

8. Amending existing laws and formulation and implementing new laws and policies to prevent discrimination against women on the basis of sex and gender 

9. Formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for the empowerment of women headed households 

10. Accomplishment of Sustainable development Goals in relation to women and child affairs 

11. Formulation and implementation of a national policy for pre-schools 

12. Formulation of policies and programmes on early childhood protection and development aimed at bringing up physically and mentally healthy children 

13. Develop and implementation of programmes and projects in line with international standards to protect the rights of vulnerable children 

14. Implementation of the Children’s Charter 

15.  Regulating Child Care Centre 

16. Implementation of the Sevana Sarana Foster-Parent Scheme

17. Providing financial assistance for developing the skills of exceptionally talented children 


An advanced society the enjoy the full benefits of development fairly and equally.


Formulate and execute programmes for providing and enhancing legal, institutional and human resource services for the economic empowerment, social protection of women, children, vulnerable and disadvantaged people considering national priorities and requirements along with international  standards.   


History of the Ministry
Women's Bureau in Sri Lanka was 1st established under the Ministry of Plan Implementation  

Women's Bureau in Sri Lanka was re-established under the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Teaching Hospital

Ministry of Women's Affairs. (Separate Ministry)

Ministry of Women Empowerment and Social Welfare

Ministry of Child Development and Women's Empowerment

Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs

Ministry of Women's Affairs

Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development

Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Social Security

State Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pre-School & Primary Education. School Infrastructure & Education Services

Ministry of Women, Child Affairs and Social Empowerment