NDB has made continuous efforts to empower women through various initiatives significantly through SME and Micro Finance. As a Bank NDB takes every effort to provide constant encouragement and propel financial guidance for Sri Lankan women with a determination to grow in their life.

Contribution made by women to our society is of much significance. Hence, NDB strongly believes that women need to be recognized and felicitated to strengthen them as well as the country’s economy be it as entrepreneurs, employed women or as homemakers.

NDB together with Sirasa News First successfully launched Vanithabhima in the year 2020, which is a national level awards ceremony aimed at rewarding country’s female achievers. The program also focuses to strengthen women entrepreneurs by empowering them. The success of last year’s event has paved the way to expand and embrace a greater number of achievers. Thus, NDB together with Sirasa News 1 st have added a brand new sector in addition to the Provincial Competitions, for the 2021 edition.

Corporate and Professional Sector

The Corporate and Professional Sector has been added in order to identify the high performing female achievers of this dynamic segment. All women who are above the age of 30, who have risen up, challenged the norms and made a difference in this sector, can apply under the categories below.

  1. Human Resources
  2. Financial Management
  3. Marketing and Advertising
  4. Legal
  5. Government sector
  6. Information Technology
  7. Tourism Services
  8. Arts
  9. Sports
  10. Entrepreneurship

Applications are now open for Sri Lanka Vanithabhimana, Corporate and Professional Sector. You may download the application form from any of the following links.

  • Corporate & Professional Sector- Application Form Sinhala (VIEW PDF)
  • Corporate & Professional Sector- Application Form English (VIEW PDF)

Completed applications can be mailed to Inquiries and further details can be obtained by calling 0777-600040.

The information submitted by an applicant in the Vanithabhimana Application will be used only for the purposes of the Vanithabhimana 2021 awards program. However the National Development Bank PLC (NDB Bank) reserves the right to share/disclose such information with the organizers of the Vanithabhimana 2021 awards program viz, News 1st, MTV Channel (Private) Limited, MBC Networks (Private) Limited and the independent panel of judges engaged for the said awards program for purposes of evaluation and consideration of the applicants. Under no circumstances shall NDB Bank be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages that result from the use of the information contained in the Vanithabhimana Application submitted by an applicant by such third party.

Provincial Competitions

There are ten award categories in total under the provincial competition and winners will be selected regionally. Date of commencement of the application process for the provincial competition will be announced shortly.

The Provincial award categories are as follows;

  1. Entrepreneur (Micro)
  2. Entrepreneur (Small)
  3. Upcoming entrepreneur (Up Coming)
  4. Young Leader
  5. Environmental Management
  6. Voluntary Services
  7. Innovations and Inventions
  8. Literature
  9. Sports
  10. Education Services

Corporate Sector Competition will be followed by, Provincial Competitions and Women’s Day Forums leading to the grand finale, in March 2022.