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Premala Sivaprakasapillai Sivasegaram

Premala Sivasegaram, the first female engineer in Sri Lanka, is a trailblazing figure who has made significant contributions to the field of engineering. Her pioneering achievements and dedication to breaking barriers have paved the way for future generations of women engineers and have left a lasting impact on Sri Lanka’s infrastructure development.

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Sheree Atcheson

Sheree Atcheson, born on 28 February 1991, is a Sri Lankan-born Northern Irish computer scientist and Group Vice-President of Diversity & Inclusion at Valtech. Atcheson has become a well-known figure in the tech industry, with a deep commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. She has received numerous awards and honors for her significant impact on the industry, and continues to inspire future generations of women in tech.

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Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy, born on September 17, 1953, in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), is a prominent lawyer, diplomat, and human rights advocate. Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to promoting and protecting the rights of women and children, both in her home country and on a global stage.

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Nadeeka Lakmali

Nadeeka Lakmali Bambarenda Liyanage, born in Elpitiya, Galle in 1981, is a talented Sri Lankan javelin thrower. She has represented Sri Lanka in various international competitions and has achieved remarkable success, including winning bronze at the Asian Athletics Championships and setting national records. Nadeeka’s dedication and consistent improvement have made her an inspiration to aspiring athletes worldwide.

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Joyce Cooper

Margaret Joyce Cooper, later known as Joyce Badcock, was a prominent English competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and European championships, as well as England at the British Empire Games, during the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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Susanthika Jayasinghe

Susanthika Jayasinghe, born in 1975 in Ethnawala, Sri Lanka, overcame numerous challenges to become one of the most decorated sprinters in Sri Lanka. She made history in the 2000 Olympics, becoming the first Asian woman to win an Olympic or World Championship medal in a sprint event. Her achievements have left an indelible mark on the history of Asian athletics and she continues to inspire future generations in Sri Lanka and across Asia.

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Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, ruled for over 70 years. She ascended to the throne in 1952 and became queen of multiple Commonwealth countries. Throughout her reign, she navigated significant political changes while maintaining the monarchy’s popularity. Her death in 2022 marked the end of an era, and she was succeeded by her eldest son, Charles III.

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Jeyakumari Balendran

Jeyakumari Balendran is a Sri Lankan Tamil woman who has dedicated her life to finding answers and justice for the families of those who disappeared during the civil war. Despite facing personal tragedy and being detained without charges, Jeyakumari’s unwavering determination has made her a leading human rights activist, shining a spotlight on the issue of forced disappearances in Sri Lanka.

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