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Three line signature guide

Three line signature guide

 

The three line signature guide assists vision impaired persons to place the signature in the correct place. When the signature guide is placed at the correct place in any line out of the three lines the vision impaired person can place the signature without any difficulty. Trainees of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities make use of this assistive device.

 

Video:Three line signature guide

 

Manique Gunaratne

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World vision sri lanka includes women with disabilities on international women’s day

World vision sri lanka includes women with disabilities on international women’s day

 

World Vision Sri Lanka celebrated International Women’s Day at their Colombo Office with their staff members in March 2016. The key area they highlighted was women with disabilities. Western Province Director of Social Services spoke on Government Prospect of Persons with disabilities. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability did a presentation on “Discrimination faced by women with disabilities and water and sanitation for women with disabilities”. The World Vision team was committed to take this forward to the grassroots level.

 

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1 Manique at the head table.manique at the head table

2 Manique making the presentation with screen.manique making presentation with screen

3 Manique making the presentation.manique making presentation

4 Manique with the audience.manique making the presentation with audience

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Women with disabilities in monaragala district get the opportunity to celebrate international women’s day

Women with disabilities in monaragala district get the opportunity to celebrate international women’s day

 

Hundreds of women with disabilities walked from Monaragala bus stand to the Library auditorium holding boards with rights of women with disabilities. Sri Lanka Foundation of the Rehabilitation of the Disabled organised the International Women’s Day in Monaragala. DHR Organisation in Sweden funded for this project. Delegates from Sweden, members of SLFRD, Provincial Council Ministers, Government Officials, District Secretary, men and women with disabilities and Deputy Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena participated for this event. The walk was from Monaragala bus stand to the Public Library auditorium in Monaragala. There after the gathering was held.

Welcome and objective of the Symposium was done by Secretary, Wellassaa Organization. Mrs. D. A. Padmakulasooriya, District Secretary, Monaragala spoke on Women with Disabilities and the Responsibility of the State.Ms. SwwarnaMalkanthi from Wellassa organization shared her Experience of being a Woman with a Disability. The key note address on Disability and Society was done by Ms. Manique Gunaratne (Vice President, South Asian Disability Forum, SLFRD and The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability).  Leading women with disabilities in Monaragala district was recognised and awarded certificates on this day.

Empowering Women with Disabilities and the Role of the Provincial Ministry was done by Hon. Kumarasiri Rathnayake – Provincial Minister, Social Services & Women Affairs. The Monaragala declaration of women with disabilities was handed over to the Provincial Council Minister. Deputy Minister, Ms. Sumedha G. Jayasena also addressed the gathering. Mr. Tikiri Kumara Jayawardena fromWellassa Organization moderated the panel discussion. The following panelists spoke on different topics. Evolution of Women Development & Women Rights in Sri Lanka was by Mrs. U. D. N. Seelawathie – UvaWellassa Women Farmers Organization. Swedish Experience of Women with Disabilities was by Ms. Asa Kristina – Society without Borders’s (DHR) Sweden.Ms. KanchanaPradeepa De Silvafrom the Disability Organization Joint front and Secretary, Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled spoke on Importance of Social Inclusion of Women with Disabilities. Exploitation of Girl Child & Women and the Role of Sri Lanka Police was delivered by IP Mrs. Chamila Priyadarshanee – Officer in Charge, Divisional Child & Women Bureau. Smiling faces of women with disabilities in Monaragala district showed their courage and how empowered they are to face challenges.

 

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1 Banner of the programme.banner of the programme

2 Key note speech by Manique.key note speach by manique

3 Manique and Kanchana joined  the walk together with women with disabilities in Monaragala.manique and kanchana at the walk

4 Manique in the audience.manique at the audience

5 Manique, Kanchana and Subhani.manique kanchana and subhani

6 Manique with Asa and Fedrik from Sweden at entrance of the auditorium.manique with asa and fedrik from sweeden

7 Walk.walk 2

8 Happy bunch of ladies in the walk.walk

 

Manique Gunaratne

Disability organisations’ joint front celebrateD international women’s day with women with disabilities

Disability organisations’ joint front celebrateD international women’s day with women with disabilities

 

The Disability Organisations’ Joint Front celebrated the International Women’s Day with women with disabilities in all corners of Sri Lanka at the YWCA hall. Delegates from DHR Organisation in Sweden, women with disabilities, Government officials representing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Social Services and other relevant authorities participated at this workshop. The resource persons were Dr. Ms. SepaliKottegoda from University of Colombo, Director of Department of Cultural Affairs, Ms. AnushaGokula Fernando and Ms. ManiqueGunaratne. At the end of the programme with the ideas of all women with disabilities who participated, a declaration was drafted and was handed over to the Minister of Women Affairs at the National Women’s Day celebrations held in Ampara.

 

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1 Manique as resource person.manique as resource person

2 Manique making presentation.manique making presentation

3 Manique with Sweeden delegates.manique with sweeden delegates

4 Participants.participants

 

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Sri lanka broadcasting corporation includes women with disabilities on international women’s day

Sri lanka broadcasting corporation includes women with disabilities on international women’s day

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with Mr. Sujeewa Manage of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation broadcasted an half an hour radio programme titled “Anduren Eliyata” on International Women’s Day in March 2016. Manique spoke on the significant of the International Women’s Day and importance of including women with disabilities in the mainstream of development.

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Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.

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Sri lanka broadcasting corporation gives publicity for persons with disabilities

Sri lanka broadcasting corporation gives publicity for persons with disabilities

 

Producer, Mr. Sujeewa Manage of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon for half an hour radio programme titled “AndurenEliyata” in March 2016. Manique spoke on the International Women’s Day in Monaragala.

 

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1 Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme

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Children with disabilities perform at the beyond the ability concert

Children with disabilities perform at the beyond the ability concert

 

Global Community Development Program (Incoming), AIESEC Colombo Central (AIESEC in University of Colombo), AIESEC in Sri Lanka organized “Beyond the Ability” concert at New Arts Theatre in University of Colombo. The university students organized this programme as a full day programme for children with disabilities at University of Colombo in March 2016. Children with disabilities enjoyed the morning with the university students playing and other activities where these children thoroughly enjoyed. Evening was their performances. Ms. Miranda Hemalatha trained all the children who performed at the “Beyond the Ability” concert. Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was the chief guest at this event. The programme was sponsored by Glitz. The people in the audience were really amazed by the performances of these children with intellectual disabilities.

 

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1 Lighting of the oil lamp.

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2 Chief guest’s speech by Manique

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3 Children with disabilities performing.

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4 Talented young children performing.

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5 Dances by the children.

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6 Group performances.

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ManiqueGunaratne

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Human rights commission of sri lanka convened a meeting on civil society to discuss the implementation of united nations convention of rights of persons with disabilities

Human rights commission of sri lanka convened a meeting on civil society to discuss the implementation of united nations convention of rights of persons with disabilities

 

Since the government of Sri Lanka has ratified the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) on 8 February 2016, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka in line with the powers rested in the commission as per sections 10C and 10D of the of the Human Rights Commission Act no. 21 of 1966, convened a meeting to discuss the establishment of a mechanism for the implementation of the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities through the enactment of enabling national legislations and policies adhering to international standards at the Human Rights Commission in February 2016. In this regard the Human Rights Commission shared a background paper on the issue which set out the current context including the status of advocacy efforts with those from the disable community, persons and organizations working for persons with disabilities or disability issues and academics and professionals who have been working on disability rights. This consultative forum was to discuss advocacy efforts and moving forward with stakeholders including persons with disabilities, organisations / individuals who works on disability rights or persons with disabilities. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability participated at this forum.

 

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Special chess board for vision impaired persons

Special chess board for vision impaired persons

 

The chess board specially designed for vision impaired persons allows a vision impaired person to play the game either with another vision impaired person or with a sighted person. The vision impaired person is allowed to touch and identify the pawns even the pawns of the opposite side player. The black squares are raised up in the board and white squares are pressed down. There is a Braille dot on top of white pawns. The black pawns do not have a Braille dot. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities is equipped with this special chess board. Watch the video.

 

Video:special chess board

 

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Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.

Dialogue on Electoral Reforms for persons with disabilities

Dialogue on Electoral Reforms for persons with disabilities

 

The Government is in the process of developing a new constitution. The Prime Minister with the approval of the cabinet has appointed a 20 member Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms for the purpose of obtaining proposals from the public for the proposed constitutional reforms.

Paffrel has launched a series of dialogues with representatives of various sectors in creating a platform for them to discuss, identify their issues and prepare proposals with regard to the electoral process. A dialogue was held in February 2016 at the auditorium of Helpage with the participation of persons with disability drawn from different groups. At the end of the event a draft set of proposals was developed. This document will be finalized and a committee appointed by the participants will hand it over to the PRC in March 2016.

Ms. ManiqueGunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability is also involved in this process.

 

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1 Participants

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2 Participants.

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ManiqueGunaratne

Co-ordinator – ASSET (Advancing Special Skills for Economic Transformation) Project