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RESEARCH ON WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES IN SOUTH ASIA

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with Women with disabilities from the EFC Training Centre supported Prof. Hiruko from Japan to conduct a research on “Higher education, vocational training and employment for women with disabilities” in December 2018.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Prof. Hiruko.

2 Samudra and Prof. Hiruko.

3 Samudra with Japanese delegate.

4 Umesha with Prof. Hiruko.

5 Umesha with Japanese delegate.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION WITH BOOKSHARE AND ENABLE INDIA

DAISY Lanka Foundation together with Bookshare and Enable India conducted a Stakeholder Consultation for organisations working for vision impaired persons at the University of Colombo in December 2018.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

  1.  Ms. Samudra Gamage, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member for Advocacy and Lobbying for Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

 

E-BOOK EDITING BY BOOKSHARE

Bookshare introduced its services in Sri Lanka. They offer free memberships to all end users in Sri Lanka.

This way, all books produced in Sri Lanka can be made available from this single platform + more than 450000 titles available on Bookshare.

In order to achieve the above, the Bookshare team visited Sri Lanka in December 2018 and partnered with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. It is the first time in the history that Sri Lankan vision impaired community got the opportunity to get the Bookshare Library membership free of cost.

The Bookshare team was accompanied by a team from Enable India [www.enableindia.org]

Who is India’s leading organization working for Digital Literacy and Employment for persons

With visual Impairment.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka (ILO) and Bookshare conducted a training on e-book editing for 20 participants who have a passion in creating e-books in accessible formats for vision impaired persons and people with print disabilities in December 2018 at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Participants were trained on how to create e-books in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages. The participants were also sensitized on   Orientation and skill development of persons with Visual and print disabilities for accessing bookshare system, granting free membership, membership roles and procedure for bookshare and Digital literacy.

With more and more titles being uploaded in more languages, Bookshare is the world’s most popular source of accessible reading resource for more than 5,50,000 print disabled individuals.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ayasana training participants.

2 Dr. Homiyor and Manique with the audience.

3 Dr. Homiyor and Manique.

4 Dr. Homiyor and Manique conducting the training.

5 Dr. Homiyo, manique  and asoka.

6 Manique with the participants.

7 Participantss attending the session (View from the back)

8 Front view of the participants.

9 Participants speaking.

10 Practical session.

 

11 Teaching e-book editing.

12 Ms. Zenath from Bookshare conducting the session.

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

“READING WITHOUT SEEING”

Enable India is one of India’s premier NGO’s which specializes in conducting Awareness workshops and trainings for Digital Literacy for vision impaired persons. (www.enableindia.org)

Enable India is being partnered by Bookshare for conducting “Reading without Seeing” workshops across India and neighbouring countries.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the #InternationalLabourOrganisationSriLanka (ILO), Bookshare and Enable India conducted the “Reading without Seeing” training to give vision impaired persons a unique experiential training at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon in December 2018.

30 vision impaired participants got the opportunity to experience:

– Challenges of Reading and Writing.

– Effects of not being able to Read and Write.

– Solutions for Reading and Writing.

– Demonstration of Modern technology.

– Hands on experience of using common tools for reading and writing.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Ayasana giving the mike to participants to speak.

2 Ayasana.

3 Chamod, Wanamali and Ruwani attending the session.

4 Handing over training materials and software tools by Mr. Shankar from Enable India to Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

5 Dr. Homiyor from Bookshare conducting the training.

6 Manique at the Resource panel.

7 Manique together with  Dr. Homiyor and Ms. Zenath from Bookshare.

8 Manique and Dr. Homiyor.

9 Manique and Sanjaya from India.

10 Manique speaking.

11 Mr. Mosus from Enable India conducting the session.

12 Mosus and Zenath.

13 Participants speaking.

14 Front view of the participants.

15 Side view of the participants.

16 Participants with resource person from India.

17 Participants.

18 Group photograph of the resource persons.

19 Mr. Sanjaya from India conducting the session.

20 Sanjaya presenting.

21 Sanjaya conducting the session with the participants.

22 Ms. Zenath from Bookshare conducting the session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WITH PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The British Welfare Group celebrated Christmas with the trainees from the English Language Communication Skills training in December 2018. It is important to provide recreation facilities for persons with disabilities.  The British Welfare Group conducts English Language Communication Skills trainings for persons with disabilities at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Trainee doing the guess game.

2 Group photograph seated.

 

3 Group photograph waring Christmas hats.

 

4 Exchanging gifts.

5 Exchanging gifts.

6 Exchanging gifts.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

 

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability took another initiative in the disability field. EFC is planning to support persons with disabilities to expand their businesses. The common trend in the society is to grant self-employment aid which has a charity based approach. When self-employment aid is granted there is no proper mechanism to monitor the growth of the business. Also persons with disabilities have a mindset of a charity approach. But it is very important to have a right based approach.  The EFC started a course of study in Small Business Development for 15 persons with diverse disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disabilities and multiple disabilities) in December 2018. The trainees will be trained on how to prepare a proper business plan and there after they will be granted low interest loans to expand their businesses. It is very important to have entrepreneurs with disabilities. In 2015 under the ILO (International Labour Organisation) LEED (Local Empowerment through Economic Development) project EFC granted interest free loans for 30 persons with diverse disabilities from the North of Sri Lanka. Small Business Development trainings will be conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Dinithi attending training.

2 Group photograph standing.

3 Group photograph seated.

4 Trainee attending online.

5 Trainee attending online.

6 Trainee attending online.

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2018 “THE WORLD MADE ANEW – THE UDHR IN OUR LIVES: CHILD AND YOUTH REFLECTIONS”

On International Human Rights Day 2018 the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) organised an event to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on the theme “The world made anew – the UDHR in our lives; child and youth reflections” at the BMICH in December 2018.

This year’s event focused on youth and children who shared what the UDHR means to them, while a cultural programme will emphasise the importance of UDHR to diverse groups in society. Special focus was made to include persons with disabilities in the agenda.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1   Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera, Ms. Chamari     Sandamali and Ms. Samudra Gamage from The Employers’       Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre

Manique Gunaratne

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MAKING INROADS: ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE PANEL OF DISCUSSION ON FEMALE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION (FLFP) IN SRI LANKA

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Sri Lanka conducted a study on the labour market policies related to the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector in Sri Lanka. WUSC disseminated the findings of this paper in commemoration with 16 Days Activism and #HearMeToo events this year. WUSC made this opportunity to join hands with other sister agencies to have a collective voice, reflect on different perspectives, and discuss the extent of the problem of women labour force participation in Sri Lankan context. WUSC focused a broader, evidence-based, discussion about “women in work” and to highlight key areas where policy and action are needed. The programme held at Lakshman Kadirgama Institute in December 2018 brought together women leaders in the labour force in different sectors in the society.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique, Ayasana and Sagarika.

2 Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

3 Manique speaking.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT WORKPLACE

 

Unilever Sri Lanka launched a Diversity Board involving a team of senior managers to drive the diversity and inclusion agenda at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in December 2018. Unilever Sri Lanka invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon for their internal launch ceremony to share personal experience and expertise on driving diffability.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and the audience.

2 Manique at the panel.

3 Sign language session.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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“16 DAYS ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE”

UN Women invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon as a panelist for a program on “16 days Activism against Gender-based Violence” on International Day for Persons with Disabilities in December 2018 at the UN Compound. The objective of the program was to provide a platform for women to express their observations and familiarities with GBV and to assist United Nations to better facilitate their programs and initiative for women.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique speaking.

 

2 Manique and Ayasana.

3 Manique and Young.

4 Pannelists (Manique, Nisha and Princy)

5 Banner.

Manique Gunaratne

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