Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DIRI JAYA AWARDS

DIRI JAYA AWARDS

 

In October 2012, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was judged as the first runner-up in professional excellence at the Diri Jaya awards 2012. This was organized by the Enable the Disabled (E T B). The function was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The “Daily Financial Times” news paper published one full page article with photographs of the awards ceremony.

 

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1 Manique receiving the award

2 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

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

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

University of Moratuwa organized a training programme on “Access to Build Environment” for the engineering and architecture students at the faculty in March 2017. The training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre and Mr. Cyril Siriwardane of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front. It is very important to train students because they are the people who will be designing and constructing buildings in the future.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the training.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012

 

In November 2012 the Ministry of social Services organized a walk to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities which falls on 3rd December. Persons with disabilities in all corners of Sri Lanka participated in this walk. EFC ICT trainees also got the opportunity to participate at this event. At the end of the walk there was a gathering headed by the Minister and the deputy Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Drafting Committee Member – National Action Plan on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities

 

 

“ONE VOICE” FOR PERSONS WITH INTERLLECTUAL DISABILITIES

“ONE VOICE” FOR PERSONS WITH INTERLLECTUAL DISABILITIES

 

CAMR (Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded) organized the workshop on “One Voice” at CAMR office in March 2017. The key note speaker was Dr. Hemamali. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage from APRD conducted the training for parents, teachers and care givers of persons with intellectual disabilities.

 

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1 Manique conducting the training.

2 Manique presenting.

3 Nihal Nanayakkara’s speech.

4 Participants.\

5 Rasanjali conducting the training.

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

 

DISABILITY INCLUSION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IFES

DISABILITY INCLUSION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF IFES

 

The President of IFES (International Federation for Electoral System) Head Office in Washington, USA had a discussion in January 2017 with Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Mr. Ishan Jaleel from IFES on “Disability Inclusion”.

 

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1 Manique and Ishan with the President of IFES.

ifes president manique ishan

Manique Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094112867966

MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

The lecture by Janis McDavid at the German Cultural Institute in January 2017, aimed to create more sensitivity towards pushing boundaries within ourselves.

Janis motivates by his attitude and inspires to achieve great things with or without

Disabilities. His talk considered values, morality, responsibilities and possibilities to

Convey to the listeners that people with disabilities have the same values, rights and

Dreams as everybody else.

Janis McDavid, a young German student of economics (25), born without arms and legs has recently become a famous motivational speaker in Germany. German TV and weekly

Magazines have interviewed and written about him. He speaks at conferences, workshops

And joins German parliamentary sub committees as an expert on promoting greater

Acceptance of persons with disabilities and to motivate all people to focus on the positive

Side and to concentrate on the power within yourself to achieve great things.

Despite his considerable motor difficulties, Janis McDavid has embarked upon university

Studies, has travelled extensively in countries like Cuba and Namibia and is a highly

Impressive motivational speaker. The book he has written “Dein Bests Leben” (Your best

Life) is a top seller in Germany. His core message: “Make the impossible possible”.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was invited as a guest at this event.

 

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1 Manique with Janis and his team.

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2 Manique with the UN Representative and German Ambassador.

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Manique Gunaratne

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

 

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The Disability Organisations’ Joint Front took another initiative in training persons with disabilities on “Strategic planning”. The programme held at the Sarvodhaya Bandaragama was conducted by Paltra and was funded by Myright in November 2016. Persons with disabilities decided on priority areas in which they should advocate for the next 5 years. Mr. Saman Hamangoda, Mr. Sasanka Mendis, Mr. Asanga Perera, Ms. Zahabia Adamali and Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front conducted the sessions.

 

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1 Group photograph of the participants.

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2 Manique listening to presentations close up.

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3 Manique with participants listening to presentations.

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4 Manique conducting the session close up.

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5 Conducting a session.

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6 Conducting a session with the audience.

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7 Manique with participants.

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8 All participants seated in a row.

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9 Participants.

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Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

 

ACCESS TO BUILD ENVIRONMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AT UNIVERSITY OF RUHUNA

It was a different experience and a lecture of a difference when the Engineering students of University of Ruhuna, Faculty of Engineering gathered at the lecture hall. Students were educated on “Access to build environment for persons with disabilities”. These Engineering students will be the people in the future who will be designing buildings. Therefore, it is important for them to know the rules and regulations and accessibility facilities which should be provided for persons with disabilities. Manique Gunaratne, Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations Joint Front and from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Cyril Siriwardane, Vice President of the Disability Organisations Joint Front conducted the Lecture.

 

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1 Manique presenting.

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2 Manique with the students.

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3 Mr. Cyril Siriwardane presenting.

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Manique Gunaratne

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

 

NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

A consultation on the draft national action plan for rights of persons with disabilities and the discussion on the draft response prepared by the Law & Society Trust for the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities was organised and funded by the Law & Society Trust and was hosted by CEDREP (Centre for Disability Research, Education and Practice) of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo in October 2016. The drafting committee gathered more ideas from persons with disabilities at this meeting so that a complete Action Plan can be done.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Drafting Committee Member of the National Action Plan on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities