Bringing honour to Sri Lanka, Shyana Jayalath, a member of Lions Club of Colombo (Host), was chosen as the Global Finalist in the marketing category of the New Voices programme of the Lions Clubs International.
The New Voices Initiative was launched this year by the first female President of Lions Clubs International, Lion Gudrun Yngvadottir of
Women are integral to the Lions family. Through empowerment programs, Lions Clubs International encourages women to get involved at all levels.
New Voices promotes recognition for contributions by women and raised awareness of recruitment and leadership opportunities.
It also promoted gender parity by focusing on increasing the number of women in Lions Clubs where women currently make up just about a quarter of the worldwide membership of 1.45 million service-minded people, as well as closing the gap between men and women in leadership positions.
Hundreds of women from around the world were identified for their exceptional dedication asNew Voices nominees in the categories of membership growth, leadership, service and marketing. Some 32 semifinalists were identified from more than 1,300 nominees and in February, Lions Clubs International announced the 4 finalists, one from each category.
Shyana Jayalath will be one of the four finalists to be recognized by Lion Clubs International at the 102 nd International Convention at Milan in July 2019.
The other finalists in the areas of service, growth and leadership are Lion Zeynep Kocasinan – Fethiye Mugla Lions Club Turkey (Leadership); Lion Maria José Rodrigues Pinto – Maceio Panalto da Jacutinga Lions Club Brazil (Service); and Lion Mi Yang – Jeonju Dong Haeng Lions Club Korea (Membership Growth)