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In March 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,   did a presentation on “How to include women with disabilities to the mainstream of development” at a workshop organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint front and Ministry of Women Affairs at the Sri Lanka Television and training Institute. The Chief guest was the Minster of Women Affairs.


Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum


In April 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon went to Istanbul, Turkey to attend the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s (“AWID”) International Forum meeting (the “AWID Forum. This meeting was hosted on behalf of AWID by Dekon Congress & Tourism at the Halic Congress Center.

AWID is an international membership organization with thousands of individual and institutional members in over 100 countries working towards gender equality worldwide. The AWID Forum is a triennial conference that draws women’s rights activists and development practitioners from over 120 countries. The conference is one the largest periodic events on women’s rights in the world outside the UN, and hosts over 2,000 participants.

Dekon Congress & Tourism provided services in destination management and did the logistical coordination of the AWID Forum. At the Forum, Ms. Manique Gunaratne was invited to speak at a panel organised by CREA, India.

CREA is a women’s rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Disability sexuality and rights of women with disabilities”. There were 2500 participants from 140 countries.


Manique Gunaratne

National Campaigner for Rights of Women with Disabilities – Raising Our Voices for Us


Home Visits by vision impaired therapists for Therapy which covers various acute problems such as Headaches, Joint Pains, Fatigue, sleeplessness, Stiffness, Back pains etc.



Helps with Fatigue and Overall Weaknesses.

Improves Blood Circulation.

Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Relief to Arthritis Sufferers.

Help with Stiff Neck, Shoulders and Backaches (Including Sciatica).

Helps with Coughs, Colds, Sinus and Respiratory Issues.

Helps to Maintain a Healthy Body.


These vision impaired therapists have also developed their ICT skills at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre.

For all your therapy requirements please contact:

Mr. Sandun Amila on 0779224192   0716351487

Mr. Priyantha Kosala on 0712696290

Mr. Pradeep Perera on 0716036359

Mr. Anusha Dissanayake on 0702517532

Mr. Wijaya Kumar on 0778680559

Mr. Aruna Mahesh Premachandra on 0779541435   0711061975


Manique Gunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network


The following articles were published in the following news papers and books:

“Ceylon Today” news paper article titled “Recognizing the differently abled” – February 2012

“Island” news paper article titled “Persons with disabilities the largest minority” – March 2012

“Dinamina” Sinhala news paper article titled “Ethics when dealing with persons with disabilities” – March 2012

“Divayina” Sinhala news paper article titled “Persons with disabilities should be included in the mainstream of development” – March 2012

“Free and Equal” Book published by Crea, India – April 2012

“Crea Publication” (India) article titled “Connecting contours sexuality, economic power and development” April 2012


Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council



In August 2012 The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon started the second phase of the I.C.T. training in Vavuniya (North of Sri Lanka, in war affected areas). 8 visually impaired persons were trained in Information & Communication skills for 6 months with the support of the International Labour Organisation. One of the trainees who have under gone training at the Rajagiriya training centre is the Instructor at the Vavuniya training centre. Ms. Manique Gunaratne conducts online training and visit the centre periodically for monitoring.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Group photograph

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United




Internews organised “Women, tech and change” the 3rd social media meet-up at Hotel Janaki in August 2017.

‘SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS MEET-UOur panel represented diverse experiences of women using technology to educate and empower our society in times of reform and change, as well as unlocking opportunities for women through technology’.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre spoke on “work as a person with a disability, using ICT to empower/educate those with and without disabilities, as well as advocating for the use of IT among people with disabilities and training them in Information & Communication Technology, focusing on work especially with women with disabilities, in training them in IT, opportunities and challenges.

Other speakers spoke on:

Savindri – spoke on experiences as an entrepreneur, using tech as a platform for new business, and also the challenges within the spheres of tech and within the sphere of the ‘corporate’ as a woman, with both other women and men – the lack of critical discourse on gender among business community.
Tehani – spoke about SAWF’s work with grassroots women’s orgs and activists in the region and use examples of how women are using tech to educate / mobilize at the grassroots level across South Asia.
Paba – spoke on online violence against women, weak policy/no policy to address this, online safety / security as a unique issue for women and girls; how these become deterrents to women’s use of tech / social Medias’ overall touching on women’s digital rights.
Iromi – spoke on experience using tech as a researcher and activist – to gather and analyse data as well as disseminate information in the interest of public service, via social media etc. by using examples of work on constitutional reform and urban development.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique at the head table.

2 Manique presenting.

3 Pannalists

Manique Gunaratne

Sub Committee Member of Policy Development Unit of Prime Minister’s Office on Vocational, Technical Training and Employment Forcusing on Persons with Disabilities



Following news papers published articles on disability.

“Daily News” news paper article titled “We need to employ disabled persons for their skills and competencies” – June 2012

“Sunday Observer” news paper article titled “E.F.C. to train visually impaired” – June 2012

“Island” news paper article titled “E.F.C. returns to Vavuniya to train more visually impaired” – July 2012

“Sunday Divayina” Sinhala news paper article titled “Neth nathimuth lokaya dakinnemi” (Seeing the world without eyes) – August 2012

“Atha Hitha” Sinhala news letter published by the Disability Organizations’ Joint Front article titled “Participation of Blind youth and women in the Asian region” Written by Ms. Manique Gunaratne – August 2012


Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter



The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon convened a meeting of the EFC Employers Network on Disability in August 2017 to appoint members to the committee that manages the Network and to re-constitute the committee based on feedback and the interest shown by members to be involved in the activities of the specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre managed by the Secretariat. The Network will work towards the following goals and objectives.


To enhance employment opportunities within the private sector for people with disabilities


  1. To develop awareness raising programs and promotes positive attitudes regarding persons with disabilities.
  2. To provide guidance on vocational training based on employer needs to organizations for people with disabilities.
  • To participate in policy making bodies related to employment of people with disabilities and to represent employer views on such matter.
  1. To facilitate the hiring of people with disabilities through placement services counselling and such like activities.
  2. To provide a forum to explore and respond to employers needs relating to managing disability at work place.
  3. To recognize and promote good practices regarding employment of people with disabilities.
  • To represent and lobby for employers issues related to managing disability at work places.
  • To under-take the training of disabled persons in employable skills.
  1. To raise funds for activities of the network.
  2. Work in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental agencies involved in disability related issues in furtherance of the goals of the Network.

All companies are invited to join the Network. For further details please contact Ms. Manique Gunaratne on 0112867966.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Welcome by Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe.

2 Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe and Ms. Manique Gunaratne at the head table.

3 Manique making presentation.

4 Manique explaining the activities of the Network.

5 Audience.

6 Ms. Sonali De Silva speaking.


Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon