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Transformative role of women during COVID-19 and beyond: Challenges & opportunities

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Juggling roles – part of the ‘new normal’ for women

 

An online panel discussion to mark the UN-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on December 9, 03:30-05:00 p.m. To register visit: call 0772622110 or visit https://forms.gle/FgM w5KcGCAbKiGyS7

USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Activity, implemented through global communities, is pleased to announce a panel discussion held in response to the challenges and opportunities for women with the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic to mark the UN declared campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

As it has been noted in Sri Lanka, measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has made society retreat inside homes and this phenomena together with the economic upheaval has exacerbated dire realities and challenges for women. Moving forward, we aim to orient a fresh perspective and approach in navigating the ‘new normal’, for women and girls.

To benefit them, this forum will feature an online discussion of the panelists, projected to both a local and global audience, via Microsoft Teams. The panel discussion will cast live on pertinent and relevant topics of interest:

1. Gender equality and leadership in response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic – how women can adapt to the ‘new normal’ and  addressing the overall  implications of the pandemic, its effect on the lives and livelihoods of  women and girls, as well as post COVID livelihood opportunities

2. Implications of lockdowns and curfews – vulnerabilities of women and girls to gender-based violence, how to engage and educate men to eliminate violence 

3. Ensuring a holistic approach to foster the wellbeing of women and girls

4. The language to adopt when speaking about women and girls within the Sri Lankan economy, and especially in light of COVID-19

The panelists are Pubudu De Zoysa – District Governor – 2022-23 for Sri Lanka & Maldives, Rotary International District 3220, Rehaan Wijeratne Jayawickreme – chairman of the Weligama Urban Council, Rebecca Surenthiraraj – Senior Researcher, Social Scientists Association (SSA), and Shyamala Gomez – Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ). The discussion will be moderated by SCORE Senior Technical Specialist Dr. Dayani Panagoda.

In addition, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice Ali Sabri, Foreign Secretary Prof. Jayanath Colombage and Member in Arab Group of Good Governance Dr. Aref Abdulrazaq Ahmed will participate as guest speakers.

The topics of discussion are key concerns of the SCORE activity as it aims to increase opportunities for youth and women to exercise leadership and agency to shape the outcomes of their lives, through participatory planning.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign

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Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.

 

(HNB)

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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020

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Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q

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The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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