Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2018 “THE WORLD MADE ANEW – THE UDHR IN OUR LIVES: CHILD AND YOUTH REFLECTIONS”

On International Human Rights Day 2018 the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) organised an event to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on the theme “The world made anew – the UDHR in our lives; child and youth reflections” at the BMICH in December 2018.

This year’s event focused on youth and children who shared what the UDHR means to them, while a cultural programme will emphasise the importance of UDHR to diverse groups in society. Special focus was made to include persons with disabilities in the agenda.

 

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1   Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera, Ms. Chamari     Sandamali and Ms. Samudra Gamage from The Employers’       Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre

Manique Gunaratne

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CRI SRI LANKA RADIO GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

CRI (Chinese Radio International) Sri Lanka  invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to speak on “International day for persons with disabilities” in December 2018 in the half an hour radio programme titled “Piyawara”.

 

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Manique and Tissera recording the programme.

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Manique Gunaratne

FaceBook – Manique Gunaratne

 

DEVELOPING SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR YOUTH LEAVING CARE

When youth in child care institutions in Sri Lanka reach the age of 18, they are

Required by the country’s law to part with their care homes and live independently as an adult. It is evident that most youth aging out of residential/institutional care (‘care leavers’) are not prepared for this transition. As such, these youth must be afforded opportunities to develop essential skills and a strong support network. Without such development, they often encounter mental health issues, unemployment, delinquency, abuse, substance dependency and homelessness. At present, State mechanisms to support care leavers do not exist, whether it be a legal or policy framework, institutional commitment, resources or services, and they remain an invisible group of youth to the public as well as the State. SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka has had much success in supporting youth to thrive as independent adults through the provision of continued support beyond the age of 18. From this experience, we recommend State parties establish a system that provides preparation while in care and affords aftercare support to empower youth leaving care, helping them confront the exigencies of an independent life. Firstly, we propose the development of youth services to plan departure and prepare for independent living. Secondly, we propose the establishment of a range of aftercare services, including financial and networking support and a monitoring mechanism to ensure effective delivery. Thirdly, we propose the development of staff/carrer capacity to better support youth in this transition. Fourthly, we propose a system for information collection, management and tracking the state of care leavers in Sri Lanka.

SOS Children’s Village has initiated the 18+ Alliance to support youth care leavers. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon represents the Advisory Board specially to support the care leavers with disabilities.

 

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1 Manique and Ayasana.

Manique Gunaratne

Web: www.employers.lk

IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group established a Task Team to develop IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (herein referred to as IASC Disability Guidelines). The Task Team membership spans UN agencies, humanitarian actors, NGOs and organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and includes Member States as observers. The Task Team is co-chaired by the International Disability Alliance, Handicap International and UNICEF.

The development of IASC Disability Guidelines mark a significant step in advancing accountability for the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the inter-agency coordination mechanism. Ensuring non-discrimination requires that such guidelines be gender-sensitive, as and Gender Based Violence in Emergencies (co-hosted by the UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), highlighting as a key priority the engagement of Asia-Pacific GBV and SRH stakeholders in the IASC Disability Guidelines consultation process.

Building on these initial efforts in the region, the Women’s Refugee Commission, South Asia Disability Forum, UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Office and International Planned Parenthood Federations (IPPF), with support from the Australian Government, facilitated a consultation workshop with GBV and gender actors from the Asia region to inform the IASC Disability Guidelines development. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and Dr. Harischandra Yakandawela from Family Planning Association was involved in developing the guidelines.

The Family Planning Association together with the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front is involved in the role out process of the IASC Guidelines in Sri Lanka. Persons with disabilities were trained on IASC Guidelines in November 2018 at the Ocean Colombo Hotel.

 

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1 Manique and Ema from the Women Refugee Commission.

2 Manique, Saroja and Anil.

3 Manique, Chammi and the group.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United

FUND RAISING

Change the Game Academy in Netherlands together with MDF Sri Lanka conducted the Contextualisation workshop on Fund Raising in November 2018 at the MDF Office. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with the team which was trained on fund raising by the Change the Game Academy in Netherlands prepared the Fund Raising modules according to the Sri Lankan context.

 

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1 Manique at the training.

2 Manique and Sheela.

3 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

E-mail – maniqueg@empfed.lk     manique.g@gmail.com

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN EMERGENCIES

The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka is implementing the project on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies which was designed to address implementation gaps of the Minimum Initiative Service Package (MISP) for SRH at the during emergencies.

SPRINT project is at the forefront of addressing these needs and gaps and the activities carried out by IPPF member associations, Ministries of Health, international and local relief agencies as well as UN agencies.

By year 2018, as an output of targeted focus on vulnerable groups Family Planning Association is planning to integrate with organisations working for persons with disabilities and initiate discussion with the participation of them.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and Dr. Harischandra Yakandawela from the Family Planning Association were involved in preparing the guidelines which was done in consultation with the Women Refugee Commission of USA in Bangkok, Thailand early this year. The Family Planning Association organised a   Consultative Meeting on Disability Inclusion of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services during Emergencies at Global Towers Hotel, in October 2018.

 

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1 Manique, Anil, Janaka and Santhushini.

2 Banner.

3 Manique and Ayasana.

Manique Gunaratne

Expert Body of the Sub Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

FUND RAISING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The British Welfare Group organized a fund raising event to raise funds for people with disabilities at the Residence of the British High Commissioner. The money will be utilized for the benefit of vision impaired and hearing impaired school children in the North. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this event at the Westminster House.

 

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1 Manique

2 Manique and Chithrika.

3 Manique and Heather.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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FUND RAISING AND MOBILIZATION SUPPORT

Change the Game Academy in Netherlands together with TIME (The Institute for Monitoring & Evaluation) conducted an International training in Fund Raising and Mobilisation Support at the Pegasus Reef Hotel in September 2018. The contents and guidelines were according to the Wild Ganzen and Change the Game Academy in Netherlands. Participants from Cambodia and Sri Lanka were trained as Master Trainers of Fund Raising and Mobilisation Support. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was the only person with a disability to be trained as a Master Trainer in Fund Raising. The two weeks training completed with an awards ceremony. The Dutch Ambassador awarded the certificates to the Trainers who successfully completed the training.

 

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1 Manique at a session.

2 Fund raising session.

3 Day 10 out door activity.

4 Group photograph of day 8.

5 The team at the lobby.

6 Indoor group discussion.

7 Group discussion on fund raising near the pool.

8 Practising presentation skills in the garden.

9 Group in action.

10 Group after receiving certificates.

11 Manique with a resource person.

12 Manique on day 1.

13 Manique on day 10.

14 Manique with the Dutch Embassedor.

15 Manique and Muginthini.

16 Manique receiving the certificate from the Dutch Embassedor.

17 Sea and the sunset.

18 Evening beach.

19 Sunset.

Manique Gunaratne

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DISABILITY RIGHTS FORUM

In January 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, did a presentation at the University of Colombo on “Problems face by visually impaired persons in education, employment and technology”. The conference was organized by the Faculty of Law. The conference was titled “Disability Rights Forum”.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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