Category Archives: Women with Disabilities

UN WOMEN AND EFC TO SUPPORT WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

UN Women together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon are trying to improve the quality of women with disabilities through employment in the private sector. UN Women Sri Lanka is supporting government’s ongoing efforts in addressing issues confronted by women with disabilities, especially disadvantages with respect to economic empowerment – an important dimension in disability rights. EFC shared the best practices which have been implemented to improve the quality of employability skills of women with disabilities and on gainful employment.

 

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Ms. Manique Gunaratne with the team from UN Women.

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Advisory Board Member – 18+ Alliance for Care Leavers (SOS Children’s Village)

UNILEVER INCLUDES WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR WOMEN

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on 8 March every year. Unilever Sri Lanka Horana Factory celebrated the International Women’s Day with the factory staff. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon was the guest speaker at this event. It was a different experience for women to realise that women with disabilities are also part of the society.

 

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1 Audience.

2 Lighting the oil lamp.

3 Manique with the audience.

4 Manique presenting.

5 Manique at the head table.

6 Participants.

 

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SRI LANKA FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN INCLUDES WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The Sri Lanka Federation of University Women celebrated International Women’s Day in March 2019 with the theme ‘Inspiring Women’.  As a person who has inspired so many, the SLFUW invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon as the guest speaker. Everyone was so happy to hear a woman with a disability speaking to enrich the lives of both persons with disabilities and persons with non-disabilities.

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1 Group photograph of pannalists and executive committee of Sri Lanka Federation of University Women.

2 Rukshan and Manique.

3 Manique speaking.

4 Manique making a presentation.

5 Pannel with participants.

Manique Gunaratne

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CRI SRI LANKA GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

CRI (China Radio International) Sri Lanka invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to speak on “Buddhism and women with disabilities” at a one hour live radio programme on Duruthu poya day in January 2019.

 

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Manique, Tissera and Tharidu recording the programme.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

WILD (WOMEN INSTITUTE ON LEADERSHIP AND DISABILITY) SRI LANKA 2018

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and the Mobility International USA (MIUSA) jointly implemented the Regional WILD (Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability) Asia 2018 in Colombo in May 2018. This was a first of its kind to be initiated by MIUSA in Asia.

A US-based non-profit organization, MIUSA is committed to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. MIUSA’s training sessions are fashioned to prepare people with disabilities to take leadership in advocating for inclusion across a wide range of sectors, including education, employment, micro enterprise, violence prevention, access to health care, technology and policy making.

The Colombo workshop brought together 15 women participants with diverse disabilities. three local participants joined representatives from China, India and Nepal.

All participants of the Colombo workshop were required to train women with disabilities in their own community at local level. One of the local participant Ms. Chamari Sandamali from Jinasena Training & Rehabilitation Trust conducted the WILD Sri Lanka 2018 in partnership with Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon for 23 women with diverse disabilities at the Help Age Sri Lanka in December 2018.

The participants exchanged their experiences, and explore strategies to become catalysts of inclusiveness and change. The main objective of WILD- Sri Lanka was to empower the participants to become agents of change, by empowering them to give leadership to those with disabilities at the grass root level.

The workshop which was also a celebration of diversity and mutual learning and sharing brought under the spotlight the expertise of the participants in areas such as problem solving, motivation, dining etiquettes, personal grooming, yoga exercises, sexual and re-productive health and professional development. The participants got the opportunity to show case their talents at the talent show.

“The EFC’s Network on Disability and its disability resource center have received global accolades as an exemplary model. The ILO Global Business Disability Network has consistently highlighted the achievements of the network. The Network serves as a link between the business community and the organizations dealing with disability issues to facilitate mainstreaming its work.

This workshop brought together women activists with disabilities from all corners of Sri Lanka who are passionate to strengthen their leadership skills and work for greater inclusion of women and girls with disabilities. Women with disabilities need to be recognized as leaders in both humanitarian and development efforts in this region and throughout the world.

 

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1 Banner.

2 Awarding certificate to Chandima.

3 Awarding the certificate to Kaushalya.

4 Chammi interpreting in sign language.

5 Nirosha presenting a tocan of appreciation to Chandima.

6 Dance by deaf participants at the talent show.

7 Group photograph.

8 Problem solving session by Ruwani and Samudra.

9 Kaushalya presenting a tocan of appreciation to Ms. Yashoravi Bakmeewawa for the session on Motivation.

10 Manique and Sandamali.

11 Manique

12 Ms. Yashoravi Bakmeewawa, Assistant Director from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon conducting the Motivation session.

13 Nirosha volunteering for the programme.

14 Gamika lighting the oil lamp.

15 Samudra lighting the oil lamp.

16 Perssonal grooming session. (make up session)

17 Ms. Navini Jayasinghe – Senior Manager – People Development, HR, Ms. Sahani Maddugoda – Assistant Manager – HR Services, HR, Ms. Rovina Vandersay – Senior Executive – People Development, HR from Nestle Lanka conducting the sessions on Dining etiquettes and personal grooming.

18 Nisha at the problem solving session.

19 Dinushi at the problem solving session.

20 Manique, Nisha, Sandamali, Subhani and Chandima at the panel of the professional development session.

21 Dr. Menaka Fernando conducting the sexual and re-productive session.

22 Participants attending the sexual and re-productive session.

23 String game.

24 Dining etiquettes session.

25 Dining etiquettes.

26 table etiquettes.

27 Table etiquettes

28 Baloon dance at the talent show.

29 Drama by Nisha at the talent show.

30 Pradeepa singing at the talent show.

31 Manique making the welcome speech.

32 Yoga session.

33 Yoga session.

34 Yoga session.

35 Group photograph at the yoga session.

36 Participants attending yoga.

37 Yoga trainer with participants.

Manique Gunaratne

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

RESEARCH ON WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES IN SOUTH ASIA

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon together with Women with disabilities from the EFC Training Centre supported Prof. Hiruko from Japan to conduct a research on “Higher education, vocational training and employment for women with disabilities” in December 2018.

 

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1 Manique and Prof. Hiruko.

2 Samudra and Prof. Hiruko.

3 Samudra with Japanese delegate.

4 Umesha with Prof. Hiruko.

5 Umesha with Japanese delegate.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

MAKING INROADS: ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE PANEL OF DISCUSSION ON FEMALE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION (FLFP) IN SRI LANKA

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Sri Lanka conducted a study on the labour market policies related to the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector in Sri Lanka. WUSC disseminated the findings of this paper in commemoration with 16 Days Activism and #HearMeToo events this year. WUSC made this opportunity to join hands with other sister agencies to have a collective voice, reflect on different perspectives, and discuss the extent of the problem of women labour force participation in Sri Lankan context. WUSC focused a broader, evidence-based, discussion about “women in work” and to highlight key areas where policy and action are needed. The programme held at Lakshman Kadirgama Institute in December 2018 brought together women leaders in the labour force in different sectors in the society.

 

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1 Manique, Ayasana and Sagarika.

2 Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

3 Manique speaking.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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“16 DAYS ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE”

UN Women invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon as a panelist for a program on “16 days Activism against Gender-based Violence” on International Day for Persons with Disabilities in December 2018 at the UN Compound. The objective of the program was to provide a platform for women to express their observations and familiarities with GBV and to assist United Nations to better facilitate their programs and initiative for women.

 

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1 Manique speaking.

 

2 Manique and Ayasana.

3 Manique and Young.

4 Pannelists (Manique, Nisha and Princy)

5 Banner.

Manique Gunaratne

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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.

 

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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