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CONFERENCE OF STATE PARTIES TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF THE ADOPTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION OF RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

It was a great moment for all persons with disabilities around the world when everyone got together at the Conference of State Parties to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for the General Assembly of the CRPD at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, USA in June 2016. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from South Asian Disability Forum and The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Mr. Santhush Peris from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability participated at this high level conference. This year’s theme was “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind”. The Sub-themes were:

  • Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilities
  • Promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities
  • Enhancing accessibility to information and technology and inclusive development
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD
  • Elections for nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held to replace those whose terms are due to expire in December 2016. Election of 9 members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

There were more than 72 side events to discuss rights of persons with disabilities.

Civil Society Forum was held prior to the COSP with the theme of Leave No One Behind: the role of DPOs in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne made a presentation on “How networks of women with disabilities from South Asia and from the African region lead to the World Humanitarian Summit” at the side event on Global Meeting: “Implementation of Global Development and Humanitarian Goals – the Leadership Role of Women with Disabilities” Organised by UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (DESA)

Co-sponsored by WRC, IDA, UN Women, Women Enabled. This meeting provided an opportunity for networks of women with disabilities, Member States and other key stakeholders to engage in substantive dialogue around the leadership of women with disabilities and their representative organizations in advancing global development and humanitarian goals.

The meeting build upon the initiatives of partners at the Commission on the Status of Women and the World Humanitarian Summit.

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Disabled People’s International and International Foundation for Electoral Systems organized a side event on

How regional collaboration can lead to more effective implementation of political rights of persons with disabilities in the 2030 development agenda.

“Working to improve our own future: Strengthening networks of women with disabilities in humanitarian action” was organized by Women’s Refugee Commission, UN Women; Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations; Network of African Women with Disabilities; South Asian Disability Forum. This Side Event explored the intersections between gender and disability in humanitarian contexts, highlighting the importance of including

Women and girls with disabilities affected by crisis and conflict in the implementation of the 2030 development agenda. Furthermore, organizations of women

With disabilities can play a critical role in reaching women and girls with disabilities affected by crisis and conflict, bridging the development – humanitarian, Divide in an emergency, and strengthening community resilience in situations of protracted crisis. Ms. Manique Gunaratne explained how women with disabilities in Sri Lanka effected from the war was included into the society.

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1 Manique, Abia (Pakistan) and Pratheema (Nepal) at the closing ceremony of the COSP.

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2 Manique, Arosh and Pratheema at the main hall on the final day.

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3 Manique with Mijoo and Posan from Korea.

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4 Manique at the main conference hall waiting to deliver a statement.u n h q day 3 statement delivering

5 Manique, Jane (Kenya) and Santhush at UN entrance.

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6 Manique at the side event on leaving no one behind.

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7 Manique, Arosh and Lakmal.

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8 Manique and Arosh with the painting donated by Sri Lanka to UN.

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9 Manique in the main hall at the General assembly.

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10 Manique near the golden globe.

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11 Manique and Santhush with the Sri Lankan flag.

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12 Manique signing in the UN guest book.

13 Manique and Tungi (Tanzania) at the opening ceremony.

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14 Manique at the side event for women with disabilities organized by the Korean deligation.

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15 Side event organized by the Permanent Mission for Sri Lanka to the UN.

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16 Manique and Athif (Pakistan) at the political participation side event.

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17 Manique and Dr. Rohan Perera (Representive of the Permanent Mission for Sri Lanka to the UN).

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18 Manique with Senerath Aththanayake (provincial council MP Sri Lanka) and Niluka from the Sri Lankan Embassy in US.

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19 Manique presenting at the women with disabilities side event.

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20 Manique presenting at the Women Refugee Commission side event for women with disabilities.

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21 Manique and Santhush at a side event.u n h q wwd wrc manique presentation

 

Manique Gunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.

 

A GROUP OF VISION IMPAIRED PERSONS COMPLETES A COURSE OF STUDY IN WINDOWS OPERATIONS AT THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON ICT TRAINING CENTRE

The employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities conducts many courses on information and communication technology and also on empowering persons with disabilities for productive employment under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne. Three vision impaired persons completed a course of study in Windows Operations in June 2016. Ms. Gayani Batawalaarachchi (job seeker), Ms. Ruwani Rathnayake (Staff – Airport & Aviation) and Mr. Anusha Dissanayake (Student, University of Peradeniya) were the successful candidates. Up to date 54 persons with disabilities has successfully completed the course of study in Windows Operations.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique, Anusha, Gayani and Ruwani at EFC.

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Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials)

 

BRAILLE PRINTING AT THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities has extended its services of printing of Braille documents. Any organisation or individuals who wish to get any Braille printing done please contact the ICT Training Centre.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique printing Braille documents.

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Manique Gunaratne

Resource Person to Train, Promote & Develop Information & Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities

 

Small and large metal type signature guides for vision impaired persons

Small and large metal type signature guides for vision impaired persons

Vision impaired persons can use a commercial signature guide that is approximately the size of a credit card, made of plastic or metal and has a rectangular cutout in the middle.

This type of signature guide is available in rigid and flexible versions.

A friend or a family member can line up the signature guide with the writing line, which will allow the vision impaired person to sign the name independently in the writing space. If you have low vision, this type of signature guide is usually black or darker-colored and provides good contrast with white or light-colored

Paper.

You can also create your own signature guide. There are many ways to create your own signature guide:

Ask a family member or a friend to make a sharp crease in the paper along the writing space. This will provide a tactile raised writing line to help guide your signature placement.

Place 2-3 layered “Post-it” notes along the writing line to make it easier to locate and feel. Write your name just above the “Post-its” and remove them when you are done.

Ask a family member or a friend to place the upper edge of a credit card just below the writing line. This will provide a raised writing line to help guide your signature placement.

Use the index and middle fingers of your non-writing hand to form a “V.” Place your hand forming the “V” palms down and sideways on the paper so that your index finger is directly below the entire writing line and your middle finger is angled above the line. Sign your name above your index finger and stay inside the “V” to help guide your signature placement.

Ask a family member or friend to cut a rectangular opening in either an expired credit or debit card, a facsimile credit card that is frequently sent with card offers, or a piece of cardboard cut to the size of a credit card. The opening should be 1/2″ by approximately 3″. Use this template in the same way

You would use a commercial signature guide.

If you have low vision, ask a family member or friend to use a marker pen and darken the writing line for you. This will make the signature line easier for you to see.

Please note: Before you sign any important document, ask a trusted friend or family member to read it to you before you add your signature.

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is equipped with signature guides and many more assistive devices for persons with disabilities.

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Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

Stakeholder Consultation on Policies to Improve Inclusive Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Stakeholder Consultation on Policies to Improve Inclusive Opportunities for People with Disabilities

 

In October 2013 Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was invited for a Stakeholder Consultation on Policies to Improve Inclusive Opportunities for People with Disabilities (focusing on the work of local government and the fields of vocational training/skills development and health and rehabilitation) Organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and the support of The World Bank at TajSamudra Hotel.

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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

International white cane day 2013

International white cane day 2013

In October 2013 the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped celebrated the International White Cane Day at the Public Library. The Chief Guest was the Minister of Environment, Mr. Susil Premjayanth. White canes and self-employment assistance were distributed among the visually impaired persons. The Army band provided the music for the occasion. Ms. Manique Gunaratne delivered a speech on the significant of the white cane. The Colombo District branch also celebrated the International White Cane Day and Ms. Manique Gunaratne was invited to make a speech on the significant of the white cane and the techniques of using the white cane.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities

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Cisco system  in collaboration with the Universities and other none profitable institutes in Sri Lanka conducts CCNA and ITE courser under the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The objective is to provide proper training on networking and PC Hardware to bridge the gap of skilled and properly trained ICT work force in the country.

While Cisco provide state of the art facilities for the students Cisco also ensure the quality of delivery through these academies with periodical reviews and updating of the curriculum.

Apart from the theoretical and hands on training on these areas Cisco also provide soft skills training material to harness the students creative, analytical and entrepreneurship skills. This will enable the student to develop their skills to become a professional in modern demanding working environment.

In order to create a platform between the students and the industry Cisco conducted a career guidance program in May 2016 at Sri Lanka institute of Information technology, Malabe.

Another objective of this was to facilitate Industry leaders to meet the potential future employees, the students who have completed or in the final phase of completion of CCNA and ITE courses.

At this programme, Skills profiling was done by Prof Koliya Pulasinghe – Dean Faculty of Computing. Ms. Ishara Wickramathilake, Senior Assistant Manager – Aitken Spence HR did the presentation on Branding yourself.

12 EFC Cisco ICT students with diverse disabilities got the opportunity to attend this “Carrier Guidance” programme and receive a certificate. The Cisco courses of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is conducted by Mr. Anuradha Jayakody, Senior Lecturer of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

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1 Manique with the Cisco team with the SLIIT logo.group at sliit with logo

2 Manique and the Cisco team at SLIIT.group at sliit

3 Manique with the Cisco team inside the auditorium of SLIIT.group inside hall

 

Manique Gunaratne

Cisco Council Member

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities.

Cisco networking academy carrier guidance 2016 includes persons with disabilities.

Cisco system  in collaboration with the Universities and other none profitable institutes in Sri Lanka conducts CCNA and ITE courser under the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The objective is to provide proper training on networking and PC Hardware to bridge the gap of skilled and properly trained ICT work force in the country.

While Cisco provide state of the art facilities for the students Cisco also ensure the quality of delivery through these academies with periodical reviews and updating of the curriculum.

Apart from the theoretical and hands on training on these areas Cisco also provide soft skills training material to harness the students creative, analytical and entrepreneurship skills. This will enable the student to develop their skills to become a professional in modern demanding working environment.

In order to create a platform between the students and the industry Cisco conducted a career guidance program in May 2016 at Sri Lanka institute of Information technology, Malabe.

Another objective of this was to facilitate Industry leaders to meet the potential future employees, the students who have completed or in the final phase of completion of CCNA and ITE courses.

At this programme, Skills profiling was done by Prof Koliya Pulasinghe – Dean Faculty of Computing. Ms. Ishara Wickramathilake, Senior Assistant Manager – Aitken Spence HR did the presentation on Branding yourself.

12 EFC Cisco ICT students with diverse disabilities got the opportunity to attend this “Carrier Guidance” programme and receive a certificate. The Cisco courses of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is conducted by Mr. Anuradha Jayakody, Senior Lecturer of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

 

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1 Manique with the Cisco team with the SLIIT logo.group at sliit with logo

 

2 Manique and the Cisco team at SLIIT.group at sliit

 

 

 

 

3 Manique with the Cisco team inside the auditorium of SLIIT.group inside hall

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Cisco Council Member

VIDEO ON Gender equality in sri lanka INCLUDES WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

VIDEO ON Gender equality in sri lanka INCLUDES WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

 

Ms. Chapa Perera is excited to share with you, these eight videos that were produced byHashtag Generation funded by UN Women on International Women’s Day 2016 featuring an interesting group of men and women speaking about Gender Equality in Sri Lanka and we’d love got you to take a look.

 

1)      Your neighborhoodtutktuk driver Thusharibit.ly/thushari

2)      Young transgender activist BhoomiHarendranbit.ly/bhoomih    

3)      Ms.ManiqueGunaratne on how women with disabilities experience double discriminationbit.ly/maniqueg

4)     If a woman overtakes you while driving does it hurt your ego?-NaradaBakmeewevabit.ly/naradab

5)      Malsha Kumaratunga on the sexism that women who run for public office have to experiencebit.ly/malsha

6)     Actress AnojaWeerasinghe’s appeal to all men to join the fight for gender equality  bit.ly/anojawe

7)      What does Islam say about Gender Equality?-Mr.ImthiazBakeerMarkarbit.ly/Imthiaz

8)     Dr.SelvyThiruchandran on what Gender Equality means to herbit.ly/selvy

The videos were featured on the BBC-Sinhala radio here:https://t.co/v2NkskAQ5t (listen from 23:00) & on the BBC Sinhala site here:https://t.co/7JhGN44QWcThey could also be accessed on theHashtag Generation Youtube page.

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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

Job seeking skills for persons with disabilities

Job seeking skills for persons with disabilities

 

In November 2013 The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon organized a job seeking skills workshop at Green Grass Hotel in Jaffna. Persons with disabilities seeking for employment, trainers from organizations working for persons with disabilities, and employers participated for this workshop. The objective was to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in the North.

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Officer in Charge of ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon