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CA Sri Lanka continues to campaign for gender parity in corporate boardrooms

The panel discussion in progress
The panel discussion in progress

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), together with the Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee continued to give leadership towards ensuring gender parity in Sri Lankan boardrooms.

In its latest initiative to fulfill this vision, CA Sri Lanka organised a forum titled ‘A Journey to the Board Room’ which focused on how to position more female accounting professionals, including Chartered Accountants to serve on boards. The move comes amidst a massive dearth of female representation in the corporate boardrooms.

Delivering the keynote speech, Eshini Mudalige, Senior Group Director at Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited, relayed her success story with an audience which mostly consisted of female members of CA Sri Lanka. Mudalige said that both power of mind and passion are important if one is to achieve success. She also urged the female members to do an analysis of themselves and understand their competency gap, and work on improving such gaps which would help them evolve in the professional realm.

While highlighting that success is gender blind, Mudalige urged everyone never to resort to unethical practices in their pursuit to get to the top.

CA Sri Lanka President elect, Manil Jayesinghe, noted that even though Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to elect a female prime minister and was a country with a female population of 52%, yet in the boardroom these statistics are not represented. “We need to create awareness and a support structure for our female members to reach these positions,” he said.

Chairperson of the Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee, Aruni Rajakarier in her speech disclosed that women too are part of the problem which has resulted in gender disparity. Rajakarier noted that it was clear that women also didn’t want to step up and one key reason for this is the amount of unpaid work they do at home.

The forum concluded with a panel session featuring Chandrika Perera, Group CFO of Abans Group of Companies, Amali David, CFO at Bartleet Group of Companies, and Maya Jayawardena, Finance Director/Company Secretary at Renuka Hotels Group.

During the panel discussion, Perera urged female accountants to do more than what is expected from them, if they wished to succeed, while David used the platform to elaborate the increasing need for female members of the profession to focus on building their soft skills and connecting with the ‘right’ network.


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