SLTDA, UNDP and CITI Unveil New Initiative to Support Women in Tourism

12th October, 2020 News and Updates

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) during an assessment identified that the percentage of unemployed women due to the current global pandemic was as high as 67%. SLTDA and UNDP, together with the financial support given by CITI, have taken an initiative to support women who are unable to access livelihood support services to revive their businesses.

Kimarly Fernando, Chairperson of SLTDA stated that the program will focus on supporting 900 women from all parts of the country and that the provincial councils have been requested to seek and identify women who are a part of the tourism industry as well as women who have already registered with SLTDA who will be considered during the selection process. Each individual will receive a sum of LKR 50,000 and business development services to improve their skills in order to seek alternative interests in developing their livelihood. The provincial councils will be supporting in identifying female entrepreneurs in order to make this initiative a success.

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