Lankan women in IT commit to advance diversity and inclusion in workplace | Daily News

Lankan women in IT commit to advance diversity and inclusion in workplace

In a bid to bring gender diversity to the forefront, a group of high-profile professionals from some of Sri Lanka's leading technology-driven companies have committed time, effort, and energy towards a series of programmes under Driving Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

The working group, Diversity Collective, is committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and promoting the future of young and aspiring female IT students. Diversity Collective comprises employees from London Stock Exchange Group, MillenniumIT, WSO2, Virtusa, and Fortitude.

Initiated by the Asian Development Bank together with the Export Development Bank of Sri Lanka as the nodal agency, Diversity Collective aims to create an inclusive culture in the IT industry that will increase gender diversity. It will also facilitate SLASSCOM's objectives to increase the number of female IT graduates, fulfilling the criteria of diversity in potential partners, building community wide awareness of career opportunities for women in IT and Business Process Management (BPM). The overarching aim is to empower women and girls to choose careers in IT and BPM and enabling them to remain and advance their careers in the sector.

Bani Chandrasena, Head of HR – Sri Lanka, London Stock Exchange Group said "Diversity Collective is a group of volunteers who have come together to further the agenda for diversity in the workplace. We believe that it is important to focus on diversity and an inclusive environment where all our people feel valued for who they are. Diversity Collective will strive to break down barriers by sharing experiences and encouraging future employees to realise their full potential in every aspect of life.”

The initial focus of Diversity Collective will be across three pillars – schools, higher education, and corporates – to attract, grow, and retain females into IT and BPM careers. They aim to attract female students to follow STEM subjects that are important in the pursuance of IT as a career, and then guide young women towards a career in IT/BPM sector. For women already in the sector, Diversity Collective will focus on retention, empowerment and growth.

Under the school and higher education pillars, educative forums and interactive discussions have been held for students studying ICT as a career path. Participants were taken through a series of programmes that address common misconceptions about the industry. Under the theme “Marketing Yourself”, they also had the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of corporate etiquette, interview techniques and recruitment policies.


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