The third year of the Sri Lanka Vanithabhimana awards ceremony, organised by NDB Bank along with Sirasa News 1st, was held on the 16th of March 2023 to honour and empower Sri Lankan women. The winners of the Sri Lanka Vanithabhimana grand finale were chosen at the national level and from the corporate and professional sectors and most popular category, where the winner was selected by the public through SMS voting carried out for the past month. Actress Shalini Tharaka became the Most Popular Woman at the Vanithabhimana 2022.
Additionally, the programme recognised five exceptional female achievers for their contribution to diverse industries in the Appreciative Category. The honorees include veteran actress Anoja Weerasinghe, Anusha Siriratne - a Sri Lankan aviator/pilot and first lady captain, the former queen of cycling Wasantha Kahapolaarachchi, actress and dubbing artist Ramya Wanigasekera and Professor Ajantha Hapuaarachchi who is a journalist, educator and research scientist.
Eight winners were chosen from a pool of contestants recognised in eight separate categories at the National Level, and ten winners were selected from the Corporate Professional Sector Category for their remarkable contributions.
The two primary goals of the Sri Lanka Vanithabhimana programme are enabling women to participate in the contemporary economy while encouraging and facilitating their admission. NDB also gifted an NDB Araliya Savings account with cash prizes to winners of National Level Categories, Corporate and Professional Sectors and Appreciation Category.
The Vanithabhimana programme is an initiative in connection with NDB Bank’s sustainability agenda aimed at empowering women across the island. The successful conclusion of Vanithabhimana 2022 is a validation of the bank’s continued drive to support, encourage and recognise female achievers in Sri Lanka who are making significant contributions to the economy and society.