Sri Lankan businesswomen focus on creating gender equality

EconomyNext – Sri Lanka’s biggest business chamber is bringing together women corporate leaders for a program to mark International Women’s Day, on 10 March, 2015 Tuesday, aimed at raising awareness on gender equality.

The program is being organised by the Young Members’ Forum of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and is on the theme “Empowering Women – Challenges and rewards of being a woman in Business Today”.

Young Members Forum focuses on building the younger generation to become the next leaders and endorses the importance of societies focusing on creating gender equalities, a statement said.

The seminar, at the Hilton Colombo Residence starting at 6.00 pm, will have the following resource persons:

Rosy Senanayake, State Minister of Children’s Affairs, Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny, Managing Director of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Sanjeewani Ranasinghe De Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing of Standard Chartered Bank, Chandi Dharmaratne, Director, Human Resource at Virtusa,  Samadanie Kiriwandeniya, Chairperson of Sanasa Development Bank and Shazia Syed, Chairperson  of Unilever Sri Lanka.

"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better," the statement quoted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying.

"Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all."


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