Rising from the ashes: YouLead

When: March 6 2020

Where: Colombo, Sri Lanka


YouLead’s International Women’s Day 2020 celebrations will be held on 6th March 2020 at the Hatch Works Auditorium in Colombo.

The event will be called “Rising from the ashes”, a celebration of hardship, challenges and failures faced by women as they journey through their careers and lives.

The IWD forum will consist of 3 sessions, the first of which will be an experience sharing event themed around “rising above failure”.

8 inspirational women will share their stories of hardship, failure, challenges and how they overcame them to achieve success in their careers and lives.

The objective of this session is to inspire young girls and boys to keep persevering in their chosen careers and overcome challenges and failures.

As the theme for the International Women’s Day this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights”, the second session for the day will see partners from the development world and private sector sharing information and updates on any progress made in ensuring women’s rights.

This will give an opportunity for the youth audience to become educated on the progress made towards achieving women’s rights.

The final session for the day will be the premiere of the short film commissioned by YouLead and directed by Wasantha Dukgannarala “Diving in the Sky”.

The film follows the journey of 4 young people as they face the challenges of society’s expectations and choosing a fulfilling career and the important role that career guidance can play in meeting the aspirations of youth in Sri Lanka. The premiere will be followed by a panel discussion

Post-event, Youlead plans to have a video competition for the youth participants to tell us about how they experienced the event and to talk about their own journeys and challenges.

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