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In July 2013, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce organized a programme on services of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. One session was on “Disability And employment”. Ms. Manique Gunaratne also spoke about employing persons with disabilities. Certificates were awarded to the visually impaired trainees whom were trained by Ms. Manique Gunaratne, trained at the Vavuniya training centre. It was a successful event. One trainee was able to get employment on that day. The Valumpuri Tamil newspaper carried a photograph of one trainee receiving the certificate and the training pack. This programme was held at Ganam Hotel in Jaffna.


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Group photograph of the ICT trainees and the representatives from EFC.

Jaffna Programme

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The Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities of University of Kelaniya, organized a training session on “Employability Skills” for students with disabilities at the English Language Teaching Unit in July 2016. This training session offered information on The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and its role in supporting persons with disabilities in finding employment prospects and navigating the job market. The training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability. As the first step students with disabilities were educated on “importance of doing a job” and “how to develop employability skills and how to find employment”.


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3 Manique with students with disabilities.

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In August 2013 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability, Executive Committee Member of the Asian Blind Union and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped (2010 to 2015) was the national coordinator and the organizer to organize a seminar for visually impaired women in South Asian countries organized by the Asian Blind Union. Asian Blind Union organized a sub-regional workshop for South Asian Sub Regional countries for empowerment and strengthening of leadership and managerial skills of blind women leaders associated with its affiliated blindness organizations at Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara. Asian Blind Union is one of the regional unions of World Blind Union which is the only voice of the blind at the international level and has a consultative status with the United Nations and its agencies. It has its affiliate organizations in almost all the countries of south Asian sub region, central Asian sub region and Middle East sub region. The workshop was inaugurated by its President Mr. S. K. Rungta from India. While inaugurating the workshop, Mr. Rungta expressed the concern about non utilization of our blind women leader’s skills in the organizational work. He informed that a study undertaken by Asian Blind Union has revealed that the participation of blind women in organizational work and their coverage in the services and programmes for the blind both in Government and NGO sector is very minimal. Keeping in view, this factor, the Union has undertaken a project titled as “women and IT” by which a greater role for blind women leaders would be facilitated both in terms of enhancement of their roles in organizational work and their coverage.

Addressing the inaugural function of the workshop, Ms. Sachu Ramalingam, project manager informed that opportunities will be provided to blind women leaders to first plan and formulate small projects for empowerment of blind women in their respective e countries and there after implement the same with the financial support from the Asian Blind Union. She maintained that this approach would build and enhance self confidence among blind women leaders. This will also help in change the attitudes of the leadership of blindness organizations towards the attainment of gender equity and equality.

Mr. QariSaad Noor, Treasurer Asian blind Union, Mr. Alex Jayawardane, President Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped, Ms. Shalika Karunaratne, Executive Committee member, Sri Lanka Council for the Blind and Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Executive Committee member of the Asian Blind Union and local coordinator of the workshop also emphasized the need for such initiatives and expressed their commitment to work together in this laudable endeavour.

About twenty women participants from five countries viz. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal participated in this workshop. On this occasion, a manual titled as, “Manual on organizational leadership and project management” which has been prepared through voluntary contributions of Mr. S. K. Rungta, President ABU, Mr. Amer Makaram, Secretary General ABU, Mr. K. Ramkrishna, General Secretary National Association for the Blind, India, Ms. Sachu Ramalingam, Project Manager, ABU. This manual is one of first of its kind to be used as reference material in organizational work and project management particularly by those who aspire to undertake responsible positions in the organizations of / for the blind as it provides very basic knowledge and skills in those areas.  The Union has published this manual in all accessible formats including Braille and large print. It will also be translated in Russian and Arabic languages to make it accessible for the benefit of leaders in central Asia in Middle East.  This workshop was the first in its series of three workshops as two remaining workshops will be organized for central Asia and Middle East in September and October respectively. This project has been financially supported by Norwegian Association of the blind and partially sighted. Media was present at the occasion. Several TV channels telecasted this programme in their main news bulletin. Following areas were covered in the programme.

An overview of organizational structure and responsibilities of different functionaries for identifying the reasons of lesser participation of women in different organizational roles

Requirement in terms of empowerment of women leaders to enable them to participate at different levels equally with male leaders.

An overview of the concept of project and project planning SESSION

Project Writing

Identification of project idea and the project planning

Around the idea so identified.

Describing organizational profile in the project including ‘SWOT’ analysis

Writing organizational profile

Describing activity plan in the project

Describing resource plan and budget of a project

Implementation strategies and administration of a project

Writing the activity plan around a project idea.

Resource plan and developing a badger for the project

Meeting Management

Conducting meetings

Documentation and recording decisions, resolutions and descend

Monitoring, its meaning and object

The role and involvement of different functionaries in monitoring of the Project by ABU including National Affiliated Organization, Staff of affiliated organizations, focal points, Project Manager and Table Officers

Monitoring Tools

Strategies of monitoring

Tools for monitoring


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In September 2013 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and from the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front did a presentation on “How to include women with disabilities to the mainstream of development”, at a seminar organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint Front and the Ministry of Women Affairs for women with disabilities at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.


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In September 2013 the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped organized a media conference at the Government Information Department to mark the International White Cane Day. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and General Secretary (2010 to 2015) of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped  did a presentation on “Women with visual impairement”. More than 60 media personnel attended this media conference. Rupavahini and ITN TV channels telecasted this event in their main news bullatine. Neth FM radio channel broadcasted this event and following news papers featured this event in their news papers. They are, Island, Divamina, Dinamina, Lakbima, rivira, Navaliya and Daly Mirror.


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In October 2013, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped (2010 to 2015) together with the officials of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped had a meeting with the President of Sri Lanka 2005 to 2015) Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha to mark the International White Cane Day. The officers who attended the meeting received the first set of white canes from the President.


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1 Group photograph with the president.

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2 Manique receiving the white cane from the president.

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3 Discussion with the president.

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MyRight Sri Lanka supports projects and programmes that help to make the disability organisations in Sri Lanka stronger, more democratic and able to

Participate in social development. Establishing strong organisations provides persons with disabilities with greater opportunities to be their own agents

For change and to represent their members.

All MyRight’s activities take a rights perspective and are rooted in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted in

  1. According to the Convention, it is not the individual who should have to adapt to the existing society – it is up to society to change so that it

Is more inclusive.

MyRight Sri Lanka organized a residential workshop on “Media” for persons with diverse disabilities at the Sarvodaya Education Development Centre in Bandaragama in June 2016. Different aspects of media was discussed at this workshop. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability made a presentation on “How to use social media to promote rights of persons with disabilities”.


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1 Manique making a presentation.

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2 Manique explaining about social media.

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3 Participants at the workshop.



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Cisco Sri Lanka conducted the CCNA 6.0 bridging course supporting workshop at Cisco Office in June 2016. All instructors in Cisco Academies participated for this fruitful programme. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre is a Cisco Academy which conducts Information Technology Essentials (ITE) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates) courses for persons with diverse disabilities. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre also participated to upgrade the knowledge in order to keep align with the new syllabus.


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