LIRNEasia was represented at the inaugural Sri Lanka Internet Day, organised by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) on 6-7 April 2021.
Senior Research Manager Ayesha Zainudeen led a discussion on the challenges relating to women’s work in Sri Lanka that came about or were amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, in a session titled Women and tech: Is working from home all that it was cracked up to be? She was joined by panelists Bani Chandrasena (Head of Inclusive Diversity- London Stock Exchange Group Sri Lanka) and Dr. Gayathri Lokuge (Team Leader- Livelihood and Employment at the Center for Poverty Analysis Sri Lanka).
Research Manager Gayani Hurulle participated in a panel discussion on Access for all: The internet in service of society, where she highlighted the importance of inclusion as a principle when designing digital policy drawing from LIRNEasia’s research; she further emphasized the need for strengthening regulatory capacity, while emphasizing that no matter how well-designed a policy is, without implementation it serves no purpose. The other panellists included Natasha Joshi (Associate Director- Nilekani Philanthropies), Manique Gunaratne (Manager – Employers Federation of Ceylon) and Prashanth Premakumar (CEO-Agrithmics), and was moderated by Sarayu Natarajan (Founder- Aapti Institute).