DIMO Women’s Network Launch

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

DIMO Women’s Network; a collaborative Employee Resource Group for female employees of DIMO was launched on 19th November 2018 under the patronage of  Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman and Managing Director – DIMO).

The event began with a customary address by Mr. Ranjith Pandithage. He was followed by Ms Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya who spoke on the topic of ‘Achieving Equity for Men & Women in the Workplace’. She elaborated the business case for establishing a women’s resource group within the organization and encouraged everyone to understand the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive organization.

Ms. Carmen Niethammer – Women in Work Program Manager and Ms Aarthy Arunasalam – Women in Work Employment Lead attached to IFC Sri Lanka, also attended the event as special guests and shared their experience and success stories of Women’s Networks across the world.

The Women’s Network was launched thereafter. Mr. Gahanath Pandithage – Group CEO, Mr. Suresh Gooneratne – Executive Director, Mr. Asanga Ranasinghe – Executive Director/ CMO and Mr. Samantha Gunawardena – General Manager – Building Technologies Department, pledged their support to the Women’s Network as Sponsors.

The network will be headed by Ms. Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya. Ms. Nilushi Thenuwara, Ms. Sayuri Sumithrarachchi, Ms. Raehana Raban, Ms. Dilka Gamage, Mr. Navin Rupasinghe and Ms. Rochelle Vandort were appointed as Executive Committee members. The Sub Committee members include Ms. Madurika Samarasekera, Mr. Yohan Thilakarathne, Ms. Thilini Fernando, Ms. Jayadini Egodawaththa, Ms. Ushani Samaranayake, Ms. Suchira Hapurugala, Mr. Bhathiya Jayawardena, Ms. Ishara Danansooriya, Ms. Suwatthi Kandiah and Ms. Praneetha De Silva.

DIMO Women’s Network was established with the following objectives,

  • Providing mentorship and professional guidance for women in planning and achieving career goals.
  • Providing assistance to handle workplace issues such as harassment or discrimination.
  • Providing a platform to collaborate on resolving business issues with gender smart solutions.
  • Creating a team of dedicated and committed women who are motivated to deliver business results and contribute to the growth of the organization.

All participants took a pledge to support the women’s network achieve the above objectives and create a gender smart organization.  They read the Network Pledge and signed their name on the pledge wall showcasing their commitment.

Another highlight of the event was the recognition of DIMO Wonder Women. DIMO ladies who were nominated by their team members as wonder women on International Women’s Day in March 2018, were felicitated at the event.

Members of the DIMO Board of Directors, Group Management Committee, Dr. Jeevani Jayasinghe – Chairperson of Women in Engineering, DIMO Managers and a large gathering of male and female DIMO tribe members attended the event.

More pictures of the launch event have been uploaded to the careers at DIMO Facebook page (https://bit.ly/2Dzu1SF)