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WiLAT Sri Lanka Report

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CILT Sri Lanka's WiLAT Group share their journey through 2014-2015

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WiLAT Sri Lanka Report

  1. 1. 1 | P a g e WILAT SRI LANKA JOURNEY 2014 - 2015 ABOUT US Women in Logistics (WiLAT) Sri Lanka was inaugurated on 21st March 2013 with the vision to be the most sought after Women’s Advocacy Group in the Region. WiLAT Sri Lanka is a part of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) affiliated to CILT UK which is a professional body dedicated to promoting the art and science of logistics and transport globally. WiLAT SL is one of the five pioneering fora in the WiLAT global community. OUR OBJECTIVES WiLAT Sri Lanka makes its objective to strike a balance in the Sri Lankan logistics and transport sector, which will be blooming in line with country’s aspiration to become a regional logistics hub by 2020. Although the female population outnumbers the male population in the country, female representation in Logistics and Transport industry is still very low, mainly due to lack of awareness of the career opportunities available in different sectors of the industry. WiLAT Sri Lanka makes its priority to bridge the gap by creating awareness and enhancing career opportunities for women in the industry. WiLAT Sri Lanka believes that improving gender balance will help to bring in diverse views and ideas for value creation in the sector. OUR GOALS WiLAT Sri Lanka has been a dynamic association with an array of events and programs planned to achieve its objectives. Some of the other goals of WiLAT Sri Lanka are provide networking opportunities,
  2. 2. 2 | P a g e provide access to information sources in the sector to guide them on Continuous Professional Development, train & mentor women in the industry to make a positive contribution, continuously develop & nurture a talent pipeline for the industry and drive change in industry through diversity. PAST EVENTS - 2014 - 2015 Celebrating Women’s Day 2014 – Panel Discussion WiLAT celebrated its first anniversary on 7th March 2014 to coincide with the International Women’s day which fell on 8th March. In keeping with the theme for the International women’s day, ‘inspiring change’, a panel discussion was organized on the theme ‘Can women change the dynamics of logistics & transport industry?’ at Galadari Hotel. The discussion panel comprised of both male and female figureheads in the industry. The panel shared their experiences and was able to give the participants insights in to how to overcome the barriers in their careers in the logistics and transport industry. IGNITE – Mentoring Program WiLAT launched its flagship event, ‘Ignite’, mentoring program on 3rd November 2014 amidst a large gathering. Prior to the event applications were called in from interested mentees and based on their sector specialization, mentors were assigned. Response to the program was over whelming. CILT
  3. 3. 3 | P a g e international President Dr. Dorothy Chan and the Secretary General CILT Mr. Keith Newton were special invitees at the event. 16 mentors have been sought after representing the spectrum of logistics and transport industry to mentor 55 young aspiring females from universities and industry. Subsequent to the “Ignite” event WiLAT organized a talk on ‘how to make a mentoring relationship work’ by Ms. Ramani Samarasundera, Director Marketing Unilever Sri Lanka LTD on 6th December 2014. A fruitful guide to mentoring was shared with all participants to make the most from the mentoring relationship. Celebrating Women’s Day 2015 – Inspiration to make it Happen WiLAT celebrated its second anniversary on 9th April 2015 to coincide with the International Women’s day which fell on 8th March 2015 at Kingsbury Hotel. In keeping with the theme of International women’s day, ‘make it happen’ WiLAT wanted to inspire women to make it happen by the speakers sharing their stories to motivate others. The keynote speaker Ms. Samadanie Kiriwandeniya, Chairperson of Sanasa Development Bank spoke on the event theme ‘Inspiration to make it happen’ whiles 4 other ladies from the industry spoke in line with the theme.
  4. 4. 4 | P a g e Career Guidance WiLAT carried out career guidance and awareness in Kotelawala Defense University, Ocean University, CINEC maritime campus and University of Moratuwa to promote the sector and to promote gender diversity for value creation.
  5. 5. 5 | P a g e WiLAT’s Strategic Planning Workshop WiLAT Sri Lanka held a strategic planning workshop in May 2015 to plan their journey for the next three years. The forum is actively present in all social media with over 550 likes in our fb page. CILT has a membership of over 1000 and WiLAT member base is 200 with representation from leading public and private entities and university students around the country. With strong leadership and dynamic member base, WILAT Sri Lanka will continue to work on striking a balance in Sri Lankan logistics and transport industry. Membership Drive at the Ocean University The CILT Membership Drive for 2015 was held at the Ocean University in June 25 to promote and encourage students to join in the field of Logistics and Transportation. The emerging trends in the industry, demands, and career prospects were addressed. This was an interactive session.
  6. 6. 6 | P a g e WiLAT Walk The WiLAT SL organized a walk on 5th September under the theme “Striking a Balance in Logistics and Transport” with the primary objective of Creating Awareness and Promoting Gender Diversity in the sector. The 5km walk began with a very colorful inauguration where the WiLAT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis together with the ExCo unveiled the pledge board whilst releasing hundreds of purple and white balloons to the air. The walk was then followed by the much awaited Float Competition among the four universities and treasure hunt. The students actively participated by making props and models to convey a message on their respective area of study and the logistics and transport sector as a whole. Another key highlight of the walk was Expo Lanka, a global freight forwarding company pledged Rs 1million as a strategic partner of WiLAT annually. Judging by the huge participation it was a huge success with over 600 participating to support the cause. Walk concluded by all invitees and guests signing on the pledge board to take the message forward to strike a balance in logistics and transport sector.
  7. 7. 7 | P a g e Gayani de Alwis Chairperson of WiLAT Sri Lanka 11/09/2015