Category Archives: Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique

2 Manique and Chithrika.

3 Manique and Heather.

 

Manique Gunaratne

FaceTime: 0094779571918

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.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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

Viber: 0094779571918

 

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

PROJECT MONITORING

MyRight Sri Lanka organized a training on Project Monitoring for persons with disabilities at the Help Age Sri Lanka in July 2018. The training was conducted by Paltra.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique and the DOJF team.

2 Manique and the team on Day 2 of the training.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

ACUNOVA TREATMENT

A new form of Acupuncture called Acunova is a type of acupuncture treatment that is showing remarkable results for people with eye diseases. Pioneered by John Boel Jr. and John Boel Sr. at their clinic in Aulum, Denmark, (www.acunova.dk) and in Copenhagen.The Treatment involves newly discovered points at the hands and feet that are not associated with any other acupuncture system. Two points also used are located in the eyebrows and studies show that these points increase blood circulation to the retina in the eye. 70%-75% respond to treatment, depending on the type of eye disease. To maintain improvement, patients then receive maintenance treatment to maintain their improvement. This is not a cure, but a treatment stop the deterioration of the retina, and give people the ability to see for a very long time. Mr. Cris Fraser, Dr. Annejanet and Ms. Carina did a splendid task to implement this treatment in Sri Lanka.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Group photograph.

2 Group of ladies.

3 Manique.

4 Manique and the team.

5 Manique, Annejanet and Carina.

6 Manique, Ranga and Lankani.

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

ACCESS AUDITS

 

We are all persons with disabilities at some time in our lives. A child, a person with a broken leg, a parent with a pram, pregnant mother, an elderly person, etc. are all disabled in one way or another. Those who remain healthy and able-bodied all their lives are few. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free And adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally. As a matter of fact, the needs of the persons with disabilities coincide with the needs of the majority, and all

People are at ease with them. As such, planning for the majority implies planning for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

The technical aim of an access audit is to give recommendations to provide a barrier-free Environment for the independence, convenience and safety of all people with disabilities and persons with not yet with a disability. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialized Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted an access audit to give recommendations to London Stock Exchange Colombo 4 office in June 2018 to make their premises a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities. The audit was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and Mr. Santhush Peiris.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

Group of auditors.

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