In 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission led an initiative to increase gender representation on listed company boards. The Budget proposal for 2019 stated:
The Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee (WELD) of CA Sri Lanka took the initiative to support the above budget proposal by publishing a directory of CA Board Ready Female Members in 2019. While the budget proposal has not been enacted, we believe that there has to be a progressive increase in the number of Women on boards. Therefore, to continue to support this initiative, CA Sri Lanka has launched our online directory of Board Ready Female CA Members and inclusion in the Directory are based on applications.
How to use the Directory:
The Women Empowerment and Leadership Development Committee (WELD) is a committee comprising of female members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) to develop leadership skills of the female members of CA Sri Lanka, formulate and implement plans, policies, and programmes for the development of female members of CA Sri Lanka.
Ms. Chamila Cooray is the current chairperson of the committee and Ms. Portia Jayamaha is the Alternate Chairperson.
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