ECONOMYNEXT – Washington-based International Finance Corporation said it has launched a program to help women employees balance their work and life as work from home becomes widespread due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IFC a member of the World Bank is conducting this program jointly with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka (FCCISL).
This series is conducted by the ‘Together We Can’ partnership – launched under the IFC-DFAT Women in Work program.
IFC under its IFC-DFAT Women in Work initiative has conducted various programs in Sri Lanka to develop the skills of the female workforce in the country as well as funding.
“The partnership is aimed at promoting gender-smart policies among Sri Lankan businesses, with a particular focus on helping mitigate COVID-19 impacts,” IFC said.
Over 40 Sri Lankan businesses had participated in the series.
IFC has conducted research in 15 Sri Lankan companies and has found that the household and care responsibilities of female workers have doubled due to COVID-19.
The ‘Together We Can’ learning sessions, is to be led by local and global industry experts for over a year.
It will cover areas in diversity in leadership, building respectful workplaces as well as recruitment and promotion.
IFC says family-friendly policies such as paid leave, safe transportation, and flexible work arrangements benefit businesses and all employees, but working parents and children more, IFC said.
“To deliver sustainable growth and achieve a strong pandemic recovery, we must engage the full force of our human capital. Both men and women need to be equal stakeholders in the workplace,” Shirley Jayawardena, President of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka (FCCISL) said.