DHL Sri Lanka launches ‘Be Proud and Powerful’, a Women’s Network initiative

DHL Sri Lanka, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, commemorated International Women’s Day 2016 by conducting an open forum discussion based on the theme “be proud and powerful”.

This was initiated by the DHL Women’s Network which aims to inspire, inform and engage employees towards leadership roles.

DHL Women’s Network is aligned with the Deutsche Post DHL Group Corporate Diversity & Inclusion statement on the topic of gender.


This year, DHL Sri Lanka was selected as a key country in Asia Pacific to launch the DHL Women’s Network.


The DHL Women’s Network is focused on running sustainable, on-ground activities that will help raise the topics of diversity and women in leadership within each country.

The forum saw over 80 participants from DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding in Sri Lanka coming together to attend a special discussion led by guest speaker Nishani Ariyawansa, Financial Controller, Standard Chartered Bank and Yishani Abeysuriya, Chief Financial Officer, DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka.

The session began with breakfast, followed by introductory speeches by the guest speaker and the organizing committee of DHL Women’s Network.


Representatives from DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Express Sri Lanka went on to facilitate an open-forum discussion exclusively for women in attendance.


What ensued was a riveting debate about women in the workplace, the changing mindset of women in Sri Lanka and a discussion about the future of women in the industry through leadership and career development.

Najeeb Ur-Rahman, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka commented, “As a global organization, DHL values the diversity of our employees. Our company brings together people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds – all with different skills, experiences and viewpoints.


We believe this diversity is a competitive advantage and in terms of gender diversity, we understand the pivotal role women play to take this organization forward.


We are pleased to launch DHL Women’s Network in Sri Lanka – a communications platform for women and male peers to enhance their leadership potential.”

Dimithri Perera, Country Manager, DHL Express Sri Lanka, commented on the success of the event stating, “DHL Sri Lanka has always had the good fortune of having customer-centric, hardworking employees who believe in going the extra mile.


It is our belief that men and women alike, have the same capabilities and capacity to do great things and we aim to ensure that all our female employees understand their value and rights.”

Nishani Ariyawansa, Financial Controller, Standard Chartered Bank, commented on the event, “It was an honor to lead today’s discussion on empowering great women for an aspirational future.


More initiatives such as this that focuses on the needs of women in the workplace are a cornerstone for the advancement of any true multinational.


It is refreshing to see a company of such stature take keen interest in their employees and hope that this will become a benchmark for more corporations.”

DHL Sri Lanka, as part of the DHL Women’s Network initiative will also conduct two volunteer-based activities for Methsevana (state House of Detention) and Lankadhara within the coming months, aimed at uplifting the morale of young girls, providing support for their education and supporting women in mitigating gender abuse.

Through the DHL Women’s Network, DHL Sri Lanka hopes to encourage an entrepreneurship spirit among women, increase the sense of belonging of employees through employee engagement activities and provide motivation for women to be able to progress in their career and excel in leadership roles.

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Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management.


With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows.


With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

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Last modified on Friday, 25 March 2016 05:34