International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 8 March. This is a day which celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women around the world. This year’s campaign theme is called ‘Press for Progress’ where the push for gender parity will be highlighted.
The Kingsbury is a part of the global travel and hospitality industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council 2014, women make up nearly 70% of the global tourism industry workforce. This however is not the case in Sri Lanka where the numbers are much less.
The Kingsbury is a firm advocate of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in its human resource policy and encourages more women to consider hospitality as a rewarding career path. In its cadre are some women who have honed their talents and abilities to become inspirational examples. Having overcome several obstacles they are proud to be a part of the working women of Sri Lanka and role models to many.
“The role of the modern woman is more and more challenging. We are breadwinners of our households and have proven our capabilities in the same capacity as men in many fields,” said Renuka Kumari of the Security Division. Chandramali Kumarasinghe of the Food and Beverage Division opined that the hospitality sector in Sri Lanka needs more women. She said it was an industry which was growing fast along with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.
“The opportunity to learn new things every day is what I love the most about my work. While the work is challenging, rising up to it day in and day out has led to my character development,” said Malka Peiris from the Kitchen Division.
“Women are coming to the forefront in many industries in Sri Lanka. The mindsets are changing and stereotypes are breaking as more women are rising to senior positions and inspiring more to do so. This needs to continue for gender parity to be achieved,” said Mallika Rajapakshe from the Accounting Division.