Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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

 

MYRIGHT SWEDEN STRENGTHENS CAPACITY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR ORGANISATIONS

Swedish delegates from MyRight Sweden met the Executive Committee Members of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front to strengthen capacity of persons with disabilities and their organisations in September 2016 at the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front and Myright Office. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this discussion.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

Group photograph with the Swedish delegates.

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Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946

 

JAMES KELLY CONFERENCE ON THE RAP SERVICES AND SOFTWARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The James Kelly Conference, jointly Hosted by Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded (CAMR) and Therap Services, James M. Kelly Administrator, PrimeCare, Vice Chairman, Therap Services invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability to join a discussion session at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in August 2016. James Kelly from USA shared his experience of working with persons with disabilities and implementing Therap at his own agency and in addition discussed the various benefits of using Therap at special needs schools/agencies.

James Kelly co-founded Therap Services in 2003. He has extensive experiences in the human services in the community where he has worked for over 30 years. He has expertise in social services and operates about 20 institutions providing services to persons with disabilities. In 1990, Jim founded Community Options, Inc. in Connecticut with Richard Robbins; CEO of Therap. Jim currently serves as President and Chief Executive O‑cer for Community Options. The agency provides property management, personnel services, program development for new agencies, financial services for nonprofits, and direct operation of 19 group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, programs and employment supports for adults with a broad range of disabilities. The Therap software for maintaining data bases for persons with disabilities is very useful.

 

Picture descriptions:

1 Manique and Uda.

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2 Manique with Jim Kelly and the group.

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Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

 

 

 

PROMOTING RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH MEDIA

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”.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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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Manique Gunaratne

Fax – 0094112867946

 

 

ACCESS TO BUILD ENVIRONMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA

The Disability Organisations’ Joint Front is implementing a project to make awareness in Universities on “Access to build environment for persons with diverse disabilities”. Mr. Cyril Siriwardane from the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front and Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and Executive Committee Member of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front conducted this programme at University of Moratuwa in June 2016. The target group was engineering and architecture students. It is very important to educate these target groups on accessibility because they are the people who will be designing and constructing buildings in the future. The enthusiastic bunch of student’s demonstrated models made by them on accessibility. It is very important that the University must have accessibility facilities because even the resource persons did not have access to reach the hall in which the programme was conducted.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and Mr. Siriwardane conducting the programme.

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2 Manique conducting the session with the audience.

manique making presentation with audience

3 Manique with the participants.

manique with participants

 

Manique Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094112867966

 

 

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.

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

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