Member's Day / New website launch - June 2015
The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce held its Members Day on the 16th of June 2015 at Hotel Ramada. It was quite an eventful day for the ladies of the chamber as the much awaited WCIC website was to be re launched today. The theme for this event was “Developing entrepreneurial skills as a means of bettering living standards’.
The guest speaker for the occasion was Mr Arjuna Herath, President Institute of Chartered Accountants of Srilanka. He gave a very entrancing speech about how the role of a woman has changed significantly compared to how it was in the past. He stated that women have not completely come out of the era and a drastic change is yet to be seen because women tend to prioritize certain social obligations. He also spoke of how women are leaders of many organizations and institutions for example Janet Yellen Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Indra Nooyi Chair and Chief executive of PepsiCo and many more. He also identified the main hindrances for females to start up and operate their own business are, access to financial resources, inadequate training and access to information, lack of societal support, legal barriers and many more. In order for women to lead businesses and become successful these hindrances must be changed.
Following the insightful speech by the guest speaker, Mr Keerthi Gunawardhane Managing Director of Graphic Systems International (Pvt) Ltd gave the room a brief update of the changes on the website.
The re design of the WCIC website was officially launched by Ms Rifa Mustapha Chairperson WCIC.
The Federation of Indian Women entrepreneur is dedicated to foster economic empowerment of women. Every year FIWE celebrates the success of women entrepreneurs who have achieved a mile stone in their respective field of work. This year WCIC board members Ms Indrani Fernando and Ms Eugena Jerome were nominated from Srilanka and were awarded the Priyadharshini Award for Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs. The awards were given by Ms Rifa Mustapha.
The event was sponsored by Fairway Holdings, and a presentation was given by Centrepoint Homes Pvt Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Fairway Holding.
The evening ended with the vote of thanks by Ms Mumtaz Siriwardane followed by refreshments.