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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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3 Manique with Sweeden delegates.manique with sweeden delegates

4 Participants.participants

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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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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Manique Gunaratne
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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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ManiqueGunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

 

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

E-mail – manique.g@gmail.com    efc.ict.vip@gmail.com

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.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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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

 

ManiqueGunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

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

Community based inclusive development

Community based inclusive development

 

The “South Asian Disability Forum Strategic Planning Workshop” and executive committee meeting of the South Asian Disability Forum was held in November 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ms. Maniquegunaratne is the Vice President of the South Asian Disability Forum. It was held at Hotel Margala, Islamabad, organized by the Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights of Pakistan, the UNESCO Islamabad, the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) and the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the CHEF International and the British Council Pakistan.

The objective of the “SADF Strategic Planning Workshop” was to formulate a three (3)-year action plan for SADF encompassing activities to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in South Asia.

The other programme was the “Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities on Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)” at Margala Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan. Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socio-economic

Outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health conditions, less employment opportunities, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability. Keeping in view above situation, “Leadership

Conference of Persons with Disabilities on Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)” was organized by the Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights of Pakistan, the UNESCO Islamabad, the WHO Pakistan, the CBID Network Pakistan and the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), CBM, the CHEF International and the British Council Pakistan.

The aim of the Conference was to promote the leadership of people with disabilities in the context of Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) in Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, Asia Pacific and Eastern Mediterranean region.

The following areas were covered at the conference.

Legislative framework on disability.

Community based inclusive development practices in other countries.

Community based inclusive disaster risk reduction.

Community based inclusive education initiatives.

Ms. Maniquegunaratne represented Sri Lanka at this conference.

 

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1 Group photograph of the participants.group photo

2 Panel discussion.panel discussion

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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

Including the voice of people with disabilities in public consultations on constitutional and electoral reforms

Including the voice of people with disabilities in public consultations on constitutional and electoral reforms

Enabled Elections Coalition, together with the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), organised an advocacy
Meeting that will bring together organizations, interest groups and individuals engaged in disability
Rights and inclusion at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in February 2016. The aim of this advocacy meeting was to mobilize disability rights stakeholders to ensure that the new constitution and related electoral reforms uphold the rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognize Persons with Disabilities as equal citizens, and promote the political engagement of Persons with Disabilities as voters and elected leaders.
CMEV was a Co-Convener and facilitator of the 2015 island-wide campaign ‘Enabled Elections’, which
Was spearheaded in tandem with the General Elections. This short but focused campaign was able to
Mobilize Persons with Disabilities to exercise their vote and seek accessibility provisions where
Needed. The campaign’s primary goal was to increase voter turnout of Persons with Disabilities by
Creating awareness about the circular number PE 164/2015 issued by the Commissioner of Elections
In May 2015. This Circular advised all the Assistant Commissioners to ensure that ‘reasonable access’
Is provided for voters living with a disability. The ‘Enabled Elections’ campaign was a 􀏐first in sensitizing
All citizens of Sri Lanka about the political rights and access to polling stations for People With
Disabilities.
Similarly, IFES has worked on programs across South Asia and worldwide to empower Persons With
Disabilities and civil society organizations to advocate for their electoral and political rights in keeping
With the international standards laid out in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With
Disabilities.
CMEV, IFES and other groups believe that the constitutional and electoral reform process provides a
Critical opportunity for individuals and groups to collectively advocate for disability inclusive policies.
The purpose of the advocacy meeting was to discuss strategies on including
The voices of Persons with Disabilities in the new constitution drafting process in the country.
Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability participated for this discussion to promote rights of persons with disabilities for the drafting of the new constitution.

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1 Group of participants.group of participants
2 Pannalists at the discussion.panel discussion
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Manique Gunaratne
Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum