The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce held its Members Day on the 16th of June 2015 at Hotel Ramada. It was quite an eventful day for the ladies of the chamber as the much awaited WCIC website was re launched. The theme for this event was “Developing entrepreneurial skills as a means of bettering living standards’. The guest speaker at the occasion was President Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Herath.
He stated that women have not completely come out of the era and a drastic change is yet to be seen because women tend to prioritize certain social obligations. He also spoke of how women are leaders of many organizations and institutions for example Janet Yellen Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, IndraNooyi Chair and Chief executive of PepsiCo and many more.
He also identified the main hindrances for females to start up and operate their own business are, access to financial resources, inadequate training and access to information, lack of societal support, legal barriers and many more. In order for women to lead businesses and become successful these hindrances must be changed.
The website was officially launched by Ms Rifa Mustapha, Chairperson WCIC