WiLAT, a vibrant force in logistics and transport sector
A strong woman can build a firm foundation with the bricks others
throw at her, Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Chairperson
Gayani de Alwis told the WiLAT Annual General Meeting last week in
The head table at the AGM
This year's AGM was held on the theme 'Inspiration to make it
She said women are a vibrant force without which no country could
make economic progress. Women employed all industries play a dominant
role in the tea and apparel sectors. Their contribution from overseas
jobs boosts the foreign reserves of the country.
WiLAT provides a forum for women to engage and network with the
industry with job opportunities to be leading professionals in the
"The representation of women in the logistics and transport industry
is still around 12 percent due to lack of awareness of career
opportunities in different sectors of the industry. The good news is
that six women were elected to the CILT Executive committee at this
year's CILT AGM which is encouraging," the chairperson said.
She said WiLAT will conduct a series of promotional and exposure
programs to encourage more women to join the rapidly expanding industry.
WiLAT marked its maiden anniversary last year and celebrated World
Women's Day with a panel discussion on the theme 'Can women change the
dynamics of transport and logistics industry'. A delegation from Sri
Lanka attended the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
international convention in Malacca last year. WiLAT was represented by
the chairperson and regional coordinator, South Asia.