SUPPORTING WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AT THE GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL ON GBV

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organized a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Southern Province in January 2021. The programme was held at the Equality Based Community Support & Training (ECSAT) in Galle. Exceptional accomplishments of these programmes are; 51 women with disabilities, 30 women with non-disabilities, 10 men with disabilities and 10 men with non-disabilities (total of 101) ToTs were trained in the physical environment on mobilizing women leaders with disabilities to for inclusive responses to Gender-based Violence during the COVID pandemic. It was conducted in all 09 provinces of Sri Lanka and 01 national-level programmes to reach precise grass root levels within communities of Sri Lanka.

27 women with disabilities, 13 women with non-disabilities, 05 men with disabilities & 04 men with non-disabilities were trained virtually on the same topic as well.

Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Group Activity
Group Activity
 Group Activity
Group Activity

Manique Gunaratne
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBhDQ516xwVr86zKLM1HUw

FILMS AND VIDEOS WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTIONS FOR VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS

EFC Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre together with Mr Joel Snyder, President of the Audio Descriptions Associates USA conducted the Audio Descriptions training in September 2019 at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Arts providers (performing arts producers/presenters, visual art professionals), educators, writers, artists and vision impaired persons were trained on how to do #AudioDescriptions for videos and films.

At the conclusion of the session, participants experienced:

  • Who are “the blind”?
  • The history of Audio Description
  • Active Seeing / Visual Literacy
  • How to develop skills in concentration and observation
  • The art of “editing” what you see
  • Using language to conjure images
  • How to use the spoken word to make meaning

Mr Udara Chathura, an EFC trainee who was trained in “audio descriptions” did a short film with audio descriptions which is the first audio-described film in Sri Lanka. The movie was shown to vision-impaired persons at the EFC Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre in April 2021. Mr Udara Chathura also did research with the vision-impaired EFC trainees on “the importance of Audio described films in Sri Lanka”.

Audience
Audience
Audience
Audience
Vision-impaired Persons Watching the Audio Described Short Film
Vision-impaired Persons Watching the Audio Described Short Film
Audience Listening to the Movie
Audience Listening to the Movie
Watching the Movie
Watching the Movie
Introduction of the Movie by Manique Gunaratne
Introduction of the Movie by Manique Gunaratne
Movie on Screen
Movie on Screen
Movie on Screen
Movie on Screen
Udara Chathura Explaining About the Film
Udara Chathura Explaining About the Film
Udara Chathura Speaking
Udara Chathura Speaking
Mr Joel Snyder’s Training Session in Audio Descriptions
Mr Joel Snyder’s Training Session in Audio Descriptions
Mr Joel Snyder and Ms Manique Gunaratne
Mr Joel Snyder and Ms Manique Gunaratne

Manique Gunaratne
WhatsApp: 0094779571918

BEST BUDDIES FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organized a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sabaragamuwa Province in January 2021. The programme was held at Sri Ramya Reception Hall in Ratnapura. The provincial-level programmes were structured to have consultations with stakeholders and resource persons, Promoting “Be-Safe” App (This app will help women with disabilities to be safe and get information and peer support in Covid period and emergency), Production of GBV video, Communication materials: leaflets, social-media posts & videos, radio programs, capacity building of TOT in Sexual and Reproductive Health to minimize the Gender-Base Violence and building a network support system.

35 women with a physical disability, 22 hearing impaired women, 2 women with a learning disability, 17 vision impaired women and 2 women with psychosocial disability benefitted through physical and virtual training from the grassroots level. 43 women with non-disability and 15 men with non-disability were also sensitized on the prevention of gender-based violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizations working for Persons with Disabilities, Civil Organizations, Government Departments, Ministries, Women Ministry, Human Rights Organizations, Women Networks, Women’s Organizations, Universities, Research Institutes, Police Department, Embassies, Legal Organizations, Mental Health Organizations, Media, Sexual & Reproductive Health Organizations, USA Organizations, UN Organizations, Rural Development Organizations andSchools supported this initiative to support women with a disability during Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants
Participants
 Participants
Participants
Standing for the National Anthem
Standing for the National Anthem
Hearing-impaired Participants with a Sign Language Interpreter
Hearing-impaired Participants with a Sign Language Interpreter
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Group Activity
Group Activity
 Group Activity
Group Activity
 Group Activity
Group Activity
Group Photograph
Group Photograph
 Group Photograph
Group Photograph
Sexually Transmitted Diseases During the Covid-19 Session in Progress
Sexually Transmitted Diseases During the Covid-19 Session in Progress
Resource Person and Sign Language Interpreter
Resource Person and Sign Language Interpreter
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
What is Gender-based Violence Session in Progress
What is Gender-based Violence Session in Progress
Cause of Gender-based Violence Session in Progress
Cause of Gender-based Violence Session in Progress
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
 Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Awarding Certificates
Welcoming the Participants
Welcoming the Participants
Participants
Participants

Manique Gunaratne
Viber: 0094779571918

ACCESS FOR ALL: THE INTERNET IN SERVICE OF SOCIETY

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), organized the Sri Lanka Internet Day 2021. The conference was conducted virtually under the theme ” Digital Inclusion”. Ms #Manique Gunaratne was a speaker at this conference to speak on “Digital Inclusion for Persons with #Disability” in April 2021. Societies all over the world are increasingly reliant on technology for their home, work and social lives. This has increased in the last year, given the need for social distancing.

Internet-enabled digital technologies have the potential to democratize access and allow market innovators to disrupt and find better ways to serve more people. While the gains of technology are manifold, this increasing reliance on technology has a dark side – the fault lines are drawn around access. The biggest beneficiaries of technology are therefore those who already have prior levels of access. Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), women, the elderly, and those from backward social communities tend to be excluded from digital economies and their gains. 

In this context, this panel discussed the various dimensions of access challenges, the goals of policymaking, and the opportunities for market innovators and design solutions, and also thought about how Sri Lanka and India can collaborate more fruitfully.
The following areas were discussed at the panel;

  1. The known challenges around access.
  2. How the innovators and civil society be more attentive to these issues of access.
  3. The challenges innovators face.
  4. Opportunities and challenges to make programmes be better designed to be inclusive.
  5. How to contemplate policymaking.
  6. The scope of formal and informal governance mechanisms.
  7. What should be left to the markets?
  8. Embedding access approaches from the beginning have worked out, the pitfalls and the challenges. 
  9. How to work together to ensure we learn from each other’s successes and prevent failure.


The Panelists were:

  • Manique Gunaratne, Manager, Specialised Training and Disability Resource Centre, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon
  • Natasha Joshi, Associate Director, Nilekani Philanthropies
  • Gayani Hurulle, Research Manager, Lirne Asia
  • Prashanth Premakumar, Chief Executive Officer, Agrithmics
  • Dr Sarayu Natarajan, Founder Aapti Institute, Moderator

Watch the video at:
https://youtu.be/Zf7U49W4PkA

 Participating in the Webinar
Participating in the Webinar
 Participants
Participants
Presenting Digital Inclusion for Persons with Disability
Presenting Digital Inclusion for Persons with Disability
Participants
Participants
 Presenting Digital Inclusion for Persons with Disability
Presenting Digital Inclusion for Persons with Disability
Webinar Poster
Webinar Poster

Manique Gunaratne
Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/