Dialog Axiata Reinforces Commitment to Gender Equality with GSMA Initiative

Dialog Axiata PLC, a leader in Sri Lankan telecommunications, has reaffirmed its commitment to the GSMA’s Connected Women Commitment Initiative, emphasizing its dedication to reducing digital gender disparities. The initiative, supported by GSMA, aims to close the gender gap in mobile phone ownership and usage that prevails in low- and middle-income countries, inhibiting women’s full participation in the digital realm.

Dialog has been a participant in the GSMA’s Connected Women Programme since 2018, focusing on enhancing mobile internet and mobile financial services for Sri Lankan women. This move is geared towards not only promoting gender equality but also spurring significant industry growth by empowering women with necessary digital tools.

“Renewing our commitment to GSMA’s Connected Women Programme underlines our focus on inclusivity and sustainability within the digital landscape of Sri Lanka,” stated Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC. “Empowering women transcends mere access to digital tools; it fosters substantial socio-economic development, contributing to a more equitable society.”

Claire Sibthorpe, GSMA’s Head of Digital Inclusion, lauded Dialog’s efforts, stating, “Dialog Axiata’s ongoing engagement in the Connected Women Commitment underscores their role in fostering a more inclusive society. Bridging the connectivity gap for women not only empowers them but also benefits entire communities and economies.”

Dialog Axiata’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and include initiatives like Yeheli.lk, which aim to empower women across Sri Lanka, enhancing community and economic prosperity.

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