Category Archives: Women with Disabilities

VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE STUDY ON “WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AND EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF GENDER-RESPONSIVE BUDGETS”

UN Women Sri Lanka commissioned the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) to conduct this research to support 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.  Given the uniqueness of this research and significance of the findings, this validation workshop was organised to share the key findings and recommendations, and to receive suggestions/feedback. In addition to that,  an Advance Training on Gender-Responsive Budget (GRB) was conducted by an expert from UNWomen-India .

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ayasana Gunasekera of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre was invited for the Dissemination Workshop on the Preliminary Results of the study on “Women with Disabilities and Employment through the Lens of Gender Responsive Budgets” which was held at Hotel Janaki in March 2018.

 

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Manique and Ayasana attending the session.

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN SPORTS

The US Embassy hosted a webchat with paralympians and human rights advocates to talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in sports in March 2018 at the Full Bright Commission. People working in the area of disability participated at this webchat ‘Athletes Without Limits’.  The discussion focused on how are these change-makers transform their environments by fighting for disability rights, women’s rights, and inclusion;  and their work with civil society, educational institutions, and governments to create change at the local and global levels.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre moderated the discussion with the local female athletes who have reached the international arina.

 

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1 Group of resource persons.

2 Female athletes – Rasanjali and Indu.

3 Kumudu and Manique

4 Manique  moderating the session.

5 Participants.

6 Welcome by the US Embassy.

Manique Gunaratne

Manager – Specialise Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon

EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

UN Women commissioned a research to CENWOR on “Strengthening Gender Responsiveness of Employment Sector Policies and Programmes: A Focus on women with disabilities. In relation to this study CENWOR together with UN Women India trained the women collectives, who are actively working for women with disabilities, to claim their rights on employment using gender responsive framework. In order to give an introduction to GRB, CENWOR conducted a basic training on GRB in February 2018 at CENWOR Auditorium.

Dr. Swapna Bist Joshi, who has more than ten years of progressive and diverse experience in the field of development research with focus on public policy and expenditure and expert in Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB), Gender Mainstreaming and Trainings, was the resource person.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre participated to contribute to employment for women with disabilities.

 

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1 Attending the session.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Vice President – Rehab Lanka Sports Club for Persons with Disabilities

PUBLIC HEALTH MIDWIVES ARE SENSITIZED ON DISABILITY

Nestle Lanka organized a programme for 100 Public Health Midwives in all corners of Sri Lanka at Renuka Hotel in November 2017. The public Health Midwives were given the opportunity to develop their carrier and personality. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted the session on “Motivation and Disability Etiquettes”. It is very important to sensitise the Public Health Midwives on the facilities to be provided for pregnant women with disabilities and mothers with disabilities who have kids.

 

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1 Manique presenting

2 Participants

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES OF ASIA PACIFIC WOMEN WITHE DISABILITIES UNITED (APWWDU) RAISE THEIR VOICE AT CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

This year APWWDU celebrates its 5th anniversary as a key network of women with disabilities in the Asia Pacific. APWWDU has certainly gone a long way after the network’s formal launch at the Office of the Permanent Mission of Korea during its official side event as part of key activities of the CSW-57.

As a network that continue to commit, Asia Pacific Women Law & Development (APWLD) is assisting APWWDU members in organizing its annual meeting usually done back to back with key advocacy spaces. This year APWWDU opted to do its Annual Meeting back to back with 3rd. Asia Pacific Feminist Forum that APWLD organised at Hotel Empress in Chiang Mai, Thailand in September 2017. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre who is also a member of the APWWDU together with Ms. Sonali De Silva from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon participated at this workshop and annual meeting. In timing the meeting as such we were able to join other women, development and human rights organizations and advocates from different parts of the region in strengthening movements for development justice.

 

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1 Preparatory meeting photo 3.

2 Day 1 banner.

3 Day 1 Manique at workshop.

4 Day 1 Manique speaking.

5 Day 1 participants.

6 Day 2 group photo.

7 Day 2 Manique.

 

8 Preparatory meeting photo 1.

9 Preparatory meeting 2.

 

Manique Gunaratne

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,

385 J3 Old Kotte Road,

Rajagiriya,

Sri Lanka.

 

ASIA PACIFIC FEMINIST FORUM 2017 IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

The 3rd. Asia Pacific Feminist Forum was organized by Asia Pacific Women Law & Development (APWLD) at Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand in September 2017. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre who is also a Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United (APWWDU) together Ms. Sonali De Silva from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon attended the APFF. Everyone was able to join other women, development and human rights organizations and advocates from different parts of the region in strengthening movements for development justice. This participatory event brought more than 300 activists, Women Human Rights Defenders, Women with disabilities, academics, lawyers and global allies, facilitating the sharing of tools and resources, providing space for advocacy, strengthening capacities and inviting us to collectively strategies to build more power.

The Asia Pacific Women with Disabilities United (APWWDU) organized a side event to:

  • Reflect on achievements and challenges of women with disabilities in claiming rights and development justice.
  • Articulate what feminist development justice is from the perspective of women with disabilities (articulate grounding and principles)?
  • Appreciate key international human rights standards and processes and how this can continue to be relevant to the needs and realities of women /persons with disabilities.
  • Strengthen knowledge and capacities of women with disabilities in advocating for feminist development justice at the national, regional and global levels.

Women with disabilities are mindful of the need for a stronger articulation on gender and feminism in the disability movements and awareness and sensitivity on disability within women’s movements. This reflection comes from a careful appreciation of what they have achieved in terms of carving out spaces for their meaningful participation in setting standards of human rights from the perspective of feminism and disability and an awareness of the challenges they continue to face. Guided by what they bring into the feminist and disability movements was also the same grounding they had in carving out space for their participation in setting, implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. As they engaged in these spaces they are reflective of:

  • Current analysis of the situation and realities of WWDs in the region,
  • Existing policies and mechanisms that support the rights of and development goals women with disabilities at the national level;
  • Basic grounding development justice (given commitments in 2015), CEDAW, CRPD and the SDGs as standards and principles that guide their engagement
  • Need for reflection on what WWDs have gained in engaging in the SDG process and how to strengthening movements to push for this.

The APFF has been witness to the on-going reflection of women with disabilities as they commit and engage in crafting, implementing and monitoring the SDGs given their analysis of gender and disability based discrimination; and what it means to be grounded in feminist development justice.

In this year’s APFF WWDs got the opportunity to engage each other and the wider movement at the APFF of what it means for WWDs to be part of the growing movement on feminist development justice.

 

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1 Conference day 1.

2 Day 1 group of APWWDU members.

3 Day 1 Manique and Sonali.

4 Day Manique and Sonali.

5 Day 1 Manique near the stage.

6 Day 1 with women with disabilities.

7 Day 2 APWWDU members.

8 Day 2 Manique speaking.

9 Day 2 Manique near the banner.

10 Day 2 Manique.

11 Day 2 participants.

12 Day 3 all participants.

13 Day 3 APWWDU group.

14 Day 3 group photo 2.

15 Day 3 group photo.

16 Day 3 Manique near stage.

 

17 Opening dinner.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

INCLUDING WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES TO THE MAINSTREAM OF DEVELOPMENT

In March 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon,   did a presentation on “How to include women with disabilities to the mainstream of development” at a workshop organized by the Disability Organizations’ Joint front and Ministry of Women Affairs at the Sri Lanka Television and training Institute. The Chief guest was the Minster of Women Affairs.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN DEVELOPMENT’S (“AWID”) INTERNATIONAL FORUM MEETING

In April 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon went to Istanbul, Turkey to attend the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s (“AWID”) International Forum meeting (the “AWID Forum. This meeting was hosted on behalf of AWID by Dekon Congress & Tourism at the Halic Congress Center.

AWID is an international membership organization with thousands of individual and institutional members in over 100 countries working towards gender equality worldwide. The AWID Forum is a triennial conference that draws women’s rights activists and development practitioners from over 120 countries. The conference is one the largest periodic events on women’s rights in the world outside the UN, and hosts over 2,000 participants.

Dekon Congress & Tourism provided services in destination management and did the logistical coordination of the AWID Forum. At the Forum, Ms. Manique Gunaratne was invited to speak at a panel organised by CREA, India.

CREA is a women’s rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. Ms. Manique Gunaratne did a presentation on “Disability sexuality and rights of women with disabilities”. There were 2500 participants from 140 countries.

 

Manique Gunaratne

National Campaigner for Rights of Women with Disabilities – Raising Our Voices for Us