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.


Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

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

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