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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

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY SAARC AWARDS 2018

Cisco Networking Academy SAARC Awards 2018 was held at Hotel Galadari in November 2018. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon received an award at the annual awards night for the services rendered for persons with disabilities in globally recognized Cisco qualifications and for her professional achievements.

Since its inception in 1999, the Network on Disability of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) has taken strides, notably in the fields of ICT training, language and skills training and economic empowerment. The ICT Training Centre of the EFC which was launched in 2009 with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is the nucleus of the Network on Disability.  Embracing the vision of ‘productive employment through social harmony’, its objective is to develop the employability skills of persons with diverse disabilities in the country.

Under the guidance of Ms. Manique Gunaratne, it has benefited hundreds of persons with diverse disabilities to date including school leavers, job seekers, undergraduates and those employed from all corners of the Island.

The Training Centre fully equipped with devices specially designed for persons with disabilities and other software, also collaborates with Curtin University of Technology in Australia and SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) Malabe. The programs are also recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and within the EFC membership which consists of 700 companies.

The ICT Training Centre receiving the CISCO Academy status in 2014 is the latest feather in its cap. This is a milestone of the ICT Training Centre as it is the only training centre in the country which trains people with diverse disabilities in CISCO courses. CISCO is a globally recognized IT qualification.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Manique and Ayasana.

3 Manique with the award.

4 Manique at the awards night.

5 Manique receiving the award.

Manique Gunaratne

Mobile – 0094779571918

CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY SAARC CONFERENCE 2018

Cisco Networking Academy SAARC conference 2018 was held at the Ministry of Skills Development at Nipunatha Piyasa in November 2018. Cisco Instructors from all networking academies in SAARC countries were present at this conference. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon is a Cisco Academy since 2014 and it is the only Cisco Academy for persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka. Ms. Manique Gunaratne trains persons with diverse disabilities in Cisco qualifications.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Manique speaking.

3 Manique at the conference.

Manique  Gunaratne

Tel. – 0094117801801

CHANGE THE WORLD – LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE AT PIZZA HUT

Pizza Hut together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability initiated “Change the World – Learn a New Language”. Pizza Hut trained hearing impaired school leavers from School for the Deaf in Ratmalana in a special bakery course at Pizza Hut. These hearing impaired persons are now working at Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut Thimbirigasyaya outlet at Siripa Road is now a dedicated outlet with employees with disabilities. Management of Pizza Hut, Country Director of the International Labour Organisation – Ms. Simring Singhe, Director General of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Mr. Kanishka Weerasinghe, Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera and the Management of School for the Deaf Ratmalana were present at this historical moment of opening the outlet in November 2018. Customers can have a new experience in using sign language.

 

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1 Hearing impaired employees.

2 Lighting of the oil lamp.

3 Manique and Ayasana.

4 Manique lighting the oil lamp.

5 Cutting the ribbon to open the outlet.

6 Parents putting the badges on their children.

7 Pizza Hut with employees with disabilities.

8 Opening Ceremony.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HUMAN RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR MSMES

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Sri Lanka, together with IPM and the National Chamber of Commerce, had a National Event on Diversity and Inclusion Human Resource Toolkit for MSMEs in October 2018 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was a panelist to discuss about issues pertaining integrating youth with different needs into diverse workforce. Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe was the chief guest.

The Diversity and Inclusion Human Resource Toolkit is developed for MSMEs for employing women and youth into workforce and it offers information on nine different components of human resource development in the workplace. The objective of the toolkit is to improve the productivity of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by developing a simple HR system and good, inclusive HR practices to accommodate youth and women into workforce. Thereby create a better, conducive, harassment free workplace for young men and women in Sri Lanka.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique at the panel.

2 Manique with Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe.

3 Manique conducting a session.

4 Manique speaking at the panel.

5 Distant view of the panel.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

DEAF WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS

The Deaf Women’s Association celebrated 20 years of success in October 2018. Deaf women from all corners of Sri Lanka gathered to Star Gazer Hotel to celebrate the anniversary. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon made a presentation to motivate women with disabilities at this function.

 

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1 Manique on screen.

2 Manique conducting a session.

3 Participants

Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials) and CCNA (Cisco Computer Network Associates)

ILO GLOBAL BUSINESS AND DISABILITY NETWORK

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was a speaker at the 5th annual meeting of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network and in the 2nd global meeting of National Business and Disability Networks, held in October 2018 at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

This annual meeting of National Business and Disability Networks (NBDNs) and their allies provides a unique opportunity to dive deeper into technical exploration of experiences and alliances in at country level. Business and Disability Networks face similar challenges but are in very different institutional positions and stages of development around the world. In this meeting, we learn from each other and see how to collaborate going forward. As such, it is also relevant for organizations looking to strengthen country-specific work on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the private sector.

2017 saw the first global meeting of NBDNs. These networks – which exist in over twenty countries – bring together businesses and other partners to work for disability inclusion.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 ILO flags.

3 Manique and Essia.

4 Manique near banner at the conference.

5 Manique with the representative from the Indian Business Network.

6 Manique and Jurgen.

7 Manique at the panel.

8 Manique speaking.

9 Networking lunch.

10 Networking with Business Networks.

11 Steering committee meeting.

12 At the United Nations.

13 At United Nations with UN flags.

14 At United Nations near the logo.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Network on Disability supports persons with disabilities to find employment in private sector companies. In October 2018 Shangri-La Hotel recruited 4 trainees with diverse disabilities from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon training centre.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

COURSE OF STUDY IN MICROSOFT WORD FOR PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities started a course of study in Microsoft Word for persons with diverse disabilities in August 2018. Persons with vision impairment, low vision, hearing impaired, speech difficulty, physical disability, slow learners and multiple disabilities are included in this training. Up to date 195 persons with disability have registered for this course and out of that 101 trainees have successfully completed the course. The training is conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Group of trainees.

3 Trainee learning with online facility.

4 Manique conducting the training

5 Training ICT skills.

6 Trainee learning with online facility.

 

Manique Gunaratne