The first ever Women Friendly Workplace Awards (WFWP Awards) 2021 jointly pioneered by Satynmag.com, and CIMA Sri Lanka was held on 2nd November 2021 at the Atrium Lobby of the Cinnamon Grand.
The Top Ten winners of the ground breaking awards went to AIA, CBL, Commercial Bank, DFCC, HNB Assurance, LOLC, London Stock Exchange Business Services, NSB, People’s Bank and Seylan Bank.
Honourable Mentions were awarded to Acuity Knowledge Partners, NDB, SDB, Bio Foods and WNS Global Services.
Ms. Sarah Twigg, Programme Manager – Women in Work – Sri Lanka at IFC was the Chief Guest while the Guest of Honour was Ms Farzana Jameel PC Senior Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest spoke of the importance of addressing gender equality in the workplace. IFC works with many organizations in Sri Lanka towards ensuring an optimized work place for women. While congratulating Satynmag.com and CIMA for initiating the WFWP Awards, she said that it comes at a right time, in the post pandemic world when women are facing even greater challenges at the work places than ever before.
In her speech, the Guest of Honour spoke of the multiple roles women play in balancing work and home. She stressed on the need for organizations to address this need in greater detail, commending Satynmag.com and CIMA for undertaking the WFWP awards.
The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of judges – Ravi Abeysuriya FCMA CGMA, a leading corporate personality, Manohari Abeysekera FCMA CGMA – Council Member for South Asia, CIMA – UK, Dumindra Ratnayaka Chairman of Suvaseriya, Prof. Arosha Adikaram, Head of HR Department University of Colombo, Jeevan Thyagarajah Governor of the Northern Province, Zahara Ansary FCMA CGMA Country Manager CIMA and Nayomini R Weerasooriya – Founder/Editor www.satynmag.com.
Commenting on the awards and the evaluation process on behalf of the judges, Ravi Abeysuriya said, “Corporate culture worldwide has established a significant need of inclusion and diversity at workplace. Although many organizations in Sri Lanka present themselves as women friendly organizations, still a lot more work needs to be done to make their organizations truly inspiring workplaces for women. CIMA Sri Lanka and Satynmag.com seeks to recognize organizations that are encouraging and empowering women at the workplace by bestowing Sri Lanka’s first ever Women Friendly Workplace Awards.”
The Awards are widely seen as adding value to the role of women in the workplace in Sri Lanka and reiterates Sri Lanka’s commitment to SDG 05, which covers gender equality and opportunity. Many companies taking part were confident of the way forward for women in the Sri Lankan workplace, now that a benchmark award has been set in place for greater validation.
Ernst & Young have partnered the event as accountability partners.