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At Chrysalis, we offer services focused on improving the lives of women and youth through access to skills, resources and equal rights – enabling them to transform their lives and reach their true potential, while helping our clients improve their business and reach development goals.

Established in May 2016, as part of CARE International’s phasing out process, we are a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007, in Sri Lanka. As a strategic partner to CARE in Sri Lanka, we will continue to carry forward CARE’s work on strengthening gender equality and voice of women and youth, promoting inclusive governance, economic empowerment, and a life free from violence.

We design and manage results oriented projects, focused on strengthening gender equality and the voice of women and youth, promoting inclusive governance, economic empowerment and a life free from violence.

We work with a range of clients in private sector, national and local government, multi-lateral and bilateral donors, civil society, and foundations to build sustainable solutions that meet our clients’ needs and address challenges women and youth face.

Our technical expertise is provided under six interconnected areas under Business, Advisory and Development Service Divisions.

Our approach is to work at community level, develop models for replication, and advocate for change at the highest levels, allowing us to assist clients design projects that reach grassroots communities and the highest levels of decision making.  Our understanding of the root causes of poverty helped us develop approaches and strategies to work with local communities and at the global level that includes being members of international partnerships. Using this social and economic development expertise, we help our clients design projects that will:

  • Promote Gender Equality by engaging women and men as equal partners of progress,
  • Promote the Voice of Women and Youth by creating awareness on their rights,
  • Ensure Economic Empowerment by promoting dignified work, access to and control over resources and investing in entrepreneurship, and
  • Promote life free of violence and conflict by creating healthy relationships through communication and changing social norms.

Building on our legacy with CARE, we are members of several international partnerships:

  • CARE International Global Program and Advocacy Team.
  • CARE International Gender Network (CIGN).
  • CARE’s Dignified Work Impact Growth Strategy for Asia Pacific.

As an affiliate member to CARE, we will be connected to global networks and platforms that focus on women and youth, enabling us to stay in touch with development trends and practices.


 WHY ?

Both women and youth face several challenges, and often are unable to fully participate in a country’s economic growth. In Sri Lanka, women’s labour force participation is at a low of 35.5 percent, while unemployment among youth aged 20-24 has been at an average of 40 percent for the past decade. Mismatched skills, limited employment creation among private sector, lack of entrepreneurship, cultural and social norms, gender stereotyping of jobs are some of the challenges that women and youth face.

We believe that by empowering women and youth can help transform communities and economies.

Through our work we aim to impact:

Two million women and youth, enabling them to take control over their lives and fully participate in Sri Lanka’s growth by 2025.

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