Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) global forum in the third year of its launch held the Global WiLAT Convention in Dubai staged a one-day conference on 13 September 2015 as part of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Global Convention. WiLAT is the women’s forum of CILT. It is part of an ever expanding global network within CILT with the main objective being to promote and encourage the art and science of logistics and transport among women.

“WiLAT Sri Lanka hit the news with their WiLAT walk and launching of ‘Ignite’, mentoring program in Colombo and WiLAT Zambia started a meaningful scheme to provide bicycles to women in Africa to relieve their transport needs,” WiLAT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis said last week.

Gayani de Alwis, Regional Coordinator, South Asia Namalie Siyambalapitiya, Vice Chairperson Niroza Gazzali and Exco Member Amra Zareer represented the convention from Sri Lanka. Around 80 delegates from 18 countries participated at this global conference.

WiLAT adopted four themes to set their agenda; mentorship, empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship for global roll out. WiLAT Sri Lanka’s ‘Ignite’ mentoring program was adopted as the WiLAT worldwide mentorship program whilst WiLAT Sri Lanka Chairperson Gayani de Alwis was appointed as the leader for this initiative.

Aisha Ibrahim, Global WiLAT Convener highlighted the key activities and the growth of WiLATs in different countries and welcomed Dr. Dorothy Chan, immediate past CILT International President as WiLAT Global Advisor. For the first time, WiLATs from Singapore, Ireland and China were present at this year’s conference. Each country’s chairpersons and regional coordinators presented their update to the participants.

WiLAT Sri Lanka Chairperson said that she was encouraged that three pioneering initiatives from Sri Lanka being adopted for global roll out and she has assured her support to the global team to take these forward.