June, 13, 2016
Continuing their journey towards empowerment select participants of the recent Vim Diviyate Disne exhibition in Anuradhapura were given the chance to pursue extended training workshops in sewing, cooking, and personal grooming and beauty. Vim Diviyata Disne, a joint initiative of Unilever Sri Lanka’s Vim and the Ministry of Women & Child Affairs, recently kicked off its mission to empower Sri Lankan women through island-wide exhibitions that will provide them access to the knowledge and skills they will need to empower themselves.
With the extended training workshops participants had the rare opportunity to delve further into their field of interest and learn the fundamentals from leaders in the industry. Sri Lanka’s premier fashion school Singer Fashion Academy will train participants for a month in the basic skills of dress making. The leading hospitality educator Hotel School and chefs from the Rajarata Hotel will train participants over a month and a half to make appealing dishes economically. And eminent beautician Nilakshi Nagahamulla will educate participants in beauty care, hair care and bridal dress making over the course of three days. Ultimately, these participants will cement their fundamental knowledge and be equipped with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs and earn an income from the ease of their home which will help uplift and support their family’s finances.
“We have partnered with Vim on this initiative because we believe that the women of Sri Lanka are the backbone of our society and it was time we showed them how much we appreciated them. Ultimately, their empowerment makes families economically stable and the Nation that much stronger. And these extended training workshops, which build on the basic knowledge they received at the exhibitions, is an avenue towards that goal,” said Rohan Perera, Business Development Manager - Retail Channel from Singer Sri Lanka PLC.
Vim is striving to make a change in Sri Lanka by helping women move towards financial independence. And through Vim Diviyata Disne they are equipping women with the knowledge and marketable skills they need to meet the challenges of modern Sri Lanka.