GENDER AND DISABILITY IN A COVID-19 CONTEXT

GENDER AND DISABILITY IN A COVID-19 CONTEXT
The Australian Government seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society and
is an important priority in Australia’s foreign aid programs. This includes women, people
living with a disability and people from traditionally marginalised groups.
Australia Awards promotes the inclusion and successful participation of people living with a
disability as well as aims for equitable participation by both women and men.
The Australia Awards Sri Lanka and Maldives program organised an online panel discussion
revolving around the topic of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion which consisted of
Australia Awards Alumni and resource persons from both Sri Lanka and Maldives.
The purpose of the panel discussion was to:
 identifying key issues related to Gender and Disability in Sri Lanka and Maldives
especially during a pandemic.
 discussion on potential ways to address these key issues
 Sharing of best practices and lessons learned across both countries
Way forward in a post-Covid 19 context
The resource persons were:
 Hawwa Leesha, Representative from WiLN – Maldives (alumna)
 Sarah Soysa, Representative from WiLN – Sri Lanka (alumna)
 Ahmed Anwer, Chairperson – Hope for Women, Maldives
 Manique Gunaratne – Manager – Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre
The Employers' Federation of Ceylon, Sri Lanka
Manique Gunaratne
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMBhDQ516xwVr86zKLM1HUw

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