International Women’s Day which was on 8 March was celebrated at Lanka IOC with a lot of fervour and gaiety.
Managing Director Shyam Bohra appreciated the achievements of the women employees and the invaluable contribution made by them in helping the company reach the enviable position of becoming the fourth largest public liability company in Sri Lanka today. He conveyed that the theme for International Women’s Day 2016 ‘Pledge for Parity’ needs to be imbibed in word and spirit. Later all employees took this pledge of valuing women and men’s contribution equally, challenging conscious and unconscious bias and creating an inclusive and flexible work culture in the company.
He also conveyed that while currently the women employees in the head office constitute 25% of the total employee strength, efforts are on to recruit more women employees in the organisation.
To improve the orientation of the women employees at work place and at home, a workshop was organised in which Archana Law a management expert representing ‘Women in Management’ emphasised the need for women to work uninhibitedly and with commitment so that their potential is fully realised. She also conveyed the need for gender equality, empowerment and the need to maintain a proper work-life balance.
A similar program was conducted at Trincomalee Terminal wherein senior government officials were invited who shared their experiences and appreciated the contributions being made by the women employees working in challenging conditions.
Mementoes were later given to all the women employees as a token of recognition of their good work.