Women internet governance forum includes women with disabilities

Internet Society of Sri Lanka (ISoC Sri Lanka) Chapter conducted the first ever Women Internet Governance Forum (Women IGF) in Sri Lanka as a local event at the BMICH in May 2017.

Today, the representation of women in IT sector has been increased almost equal to the men. Even-though there are both pros and cons being a woman techie. It’s the time to talk about this topic and especially problems, difficulties and obstacles when women are reaching up to higher levels in IT industry.

Women Internet Governance Forum (Women IGF) is the platform where to raise the voice of the women of their concerns, look for answers and get the attention of the community in this regard. This initiative will move with the “Global women in IT” and “Sri Lanka National Internet Governance Forum 2017”. This was a group discussion up to 30 participants from different key areas of the society.

Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre did a presentation on “women with disabilities leading in the ICT field”.

The Women IGF 2017 session conducted dialogues on four topics below. The topics involved various distinguish women representatives from different areas.

Why should internet governance include consideration of gender issues?

The Internet is a feminist issue (feminists’ roles in shaping Internet policy).

Role of women in internet Governance.

Women’s voices in the public sphere.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique receiving a token of appreciation.

2 Group photograph.

3 Manique at the head table.

4 Manique

5 Manique making presentation.

6 Manique addressing the gathering.

 

Manique Gunaratne

CISCO International Trainer for I T E (Information Technology Essentials)

 

Internet governance forum includes persons with disabilities

Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter is a front runner in Sri Lankan Internet Arena from its establishment from the year of 2010. They have conducted many Internet related events, forums, and projects to uplift the standards of living of the people of the Country.

Accessibility is one of core areas that we concern in the path to the Next Billionth User. The issues of under connected and unconnected we found that community with disability a hidden area of interest of many activities in the Internet arena. So the Accessibility for the Internet for All is being one of the major topics on ISOC Sri Lanka’s agenda.

Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter together with The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre organized the “Digital Accessibility Forum” at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in May 2017 at the BMICH.

The key note speech was delivered by Ministry of Digital and Telecommunication Infrastructure. Ms. Manique Gunaratne did the presentation on “how to make web sites accessible for persons with disabilities”. The role of web developers was presented by The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). Mobitel spoke on the role of internet service providers and Commercial Bank spoke on Digital Banking for persons with disabilities.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique making a presentation.

2 Sign language interpretation by Chammi.

3 Manique lighting the oil lamp.

4 Manique presenting.

5 With The Participants.

 

6 Speakers at the head table with banner.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

 

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation gives publicity for persons with disabilities

In October 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre did an half an hour radio programme at the English service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in a programme titled “Open forum”. She spoke about the significance of the International White Cane Day.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

 

Sports and recreation for persons with disabilities

Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can plague persons with disabilities. Allowing them to have equal access to sports can enhance their gross motor

Skills, social and communicating abilities, as well as improve their overall health and well-being. Persons with disabilities will mature physically,

Socially and emotionally when participating in a recreational activity.

The ability to perform controlled movements that require large muscles is known as gross motor skills. Movements that involve using the large muscles include

Walking, running, crawling or jumping. Often persons with special needs lack the ability to perform physical movements properly. When persons with disabilities

Participate in regular physical activity; it enhances their motor skills by increasing their strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.

Persons with disabilities frequently miss out on social activities, impeding their ability to better their communication skills. Participation in extracurricular

Activities can overcome this obstacle, providing them with the ability to engage in social interactions, develop friendships and initiate social skills. Persons who suffer with disabilities often struggle with a lack of self-esteem. They frequently will compare themselves with their able-bodied peers,

Giving them a decreased sense of self-worth. Recreational participation promotes their self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth, as well as their body

Awareness. Many persons with disabilities will also show improvements in their academics. The confidence that is gained from the ability to attain success in sports will make them feel like they are capable of achieving almost anything.

The Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFRD) has been promoting sports for persons with disabilities for a long period of time. In May 2017 SLFRD formed the “Rehab Lanka Sports Club” to promote sports and recreation for persons with disabilities. Club will Groom the young sportsman for future tournaments nationally and internationally. The executive committee of the Sports Club is as follows:

President – Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage

Secretary – Mr. Prasanna Lal

Treasurer – Mr. Chamila Kariyawasam

Vice President – Ms. Manique Gunaratne

Membership & Social Secretary – Ms. Subhani Udeshika

Executive Committee Members –

Ms. Wajira Ramani

Mr. Dumira Maduranga

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 AGM of the Sports Club

2 Election of office barers.

3 Executive committee members

4 Group photograph.

5 At the AGM

 

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

TALKING CALCULATOR

TALKING CALCULATOR

 

Talking calculators are designed for blind and low vision users as well as second language learners. They announce the numbers and calculation results

in a clear voice. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre is equipped with talking calculators for the benefit of vision impaired persons.

 

Video:

 

Manique Gunaratne

Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SRI LANKA BROADCASTING CORPORATION GIVES PUBLICITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

In October 2012 Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre did an half an hour radio programme at the English service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in a programme titled “Open forum”. She spoke about the significance of the International White Cane Day.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

 

SPORTS AND RECREATION FOR PERSSONS WITH DISABILITIES

SPORTS AND RECREATION FOR PERSSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can plague persons with disabilities. Allowing them to have equal access to sports can enhance their gross motor

Skills, social and communicating abilities, as well as improve their overall health and well-being. Persons with disabilities will mature physically,

Socially and emotionally when participating in a recreational activity.

The ability to perform controlled movements that require large muscles is known as gross motor skills. Movements that involve using the large muscles include

Walking, running, crawling or jumping. Often persons with special needs lack the ability to perform physical movements properly. When persons with disabilities

Participate in regular physical activity; it enhances their motor skills by increasing their strength, coordination, flexibility and balance.

Persons with disabilities frequently miss out on social activities, impeding their ability to better their communication skills. Participation in extracurricular

Activities can overcome this obstacle, providing them with the ability to engage in social interactions, develop friendships and initiate social skills. Persons who suffer with disabilities often struggle with a lack of self-esteem. They frequently will compare themselves with their able-bodied peers,

Giving them a decreased sense of self-worth. Recreational participation promotes their self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth, as well as their body

Awareness. Many persons with disabilities will also show improvements in their academics. The confidence that is gained from the ability to attain success in sports will make them feel like they are capable of achieving almost anything.

The Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFRD) has been promoting sports for persons with disabilities for a long period of time. In May 2017 SLFRD formed the “Rehab Lanka Sports Club” to promote sports and recreation for persons with disabilities. Club will Groom the young sportsman for future tournaments nationally and internationally. The executive committee of the Sports Club is as follows:

President – Ms. Rasanjali Pathirage

Secretary – Mr. Prasanna Lal

Treasurer – Mr. Chamila Kariyawasam

Vice President – Ms. Manique Gunaratne

Membership & Social Secretary – Ms. Subhani Udeshika

Executive Committee Members –

Ms. Wajira Ramani

Mr. Dumira Maduranga

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 AGM of the Sports Club

2 Election of office barers.

3 Executive committee members

4 Group photograph.

5 At the AGM

 

Manique Gunaratne

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

DIRI JAYA AWARDS

DIRI JAYA AWARDS

 

In October 2012, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability was judged as the first runner-up in professional excellence at the Diri Jaya awards 2012. This was organized by the Enable the Disabled (E T B). The function was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The “Daily Financial Times” news paper published one full page article with photographs of the awards ceremony.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique receiving the award

2 Group photograph.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member for Advocacy and Lobbying for Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Sri Lanka Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

The Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter together Internet Society Asia Pacific Region organized the “Digital Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” at Cinnamon Grand Hotel in March 2017.

Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter is a front runner in Sri Lankan Internet Arena from its establishment from the year of 2010. ISOC has conducted many Internet related events, forums, and projects to uplift the standards of living of the people of the Country.

Accessibility is one of core areas that ISOC is concerned in the path to the Next Billionth User. The issues of under connected and unconnected ISOC found that community with disability a hidden area of interest of many activities in the Internet arena. So the Accessibility for the Internet for All is being one of the major topics on ISOC Sri Lanka’s agenda.

During the past ISOC reached persons with disabilities carrying trainings and the attempt is highly appreciated all around the globe. Thus ISOC APAC invited the Sri Lanka Chapter to jointly organise “Accessibility Sri Lanka 2017 “with following objectives.

  • Built capacity of developer’s community on needs and requirements of persons with disabilities.
  • Built capacity of developer’s community on approaches and design practices that would make their services and products accessible.
  • Invite persons with disabilities to speak and share on their accessibility challenges.  Share  best  practices  learned  from  experiences  of  the  local  stake holders  including persons with disabilities.
  • Hear  from  local  stakeholders  including  government  on  their  current  familiarity  and approaches on digital accessibility.
  • Strengthen cooperation and enhance partnerships among organizations working to address common challenges of digital accessibility.
  • Recommend approaches for strengthening policies, institutions and actions.

It was a one day program with two mini-events covered during the day.

The first half of the day was a technical workshop on accessibility, bringing in developer’s community and persons with disabilities for a face-to-face interaction and Accessibility guidelines and design principles (with practical demonstrations / Videos). President of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter, Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekara and Director of Asia Pacific Internet Society, Mr. Naveed made presentations. Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre conducted the training on “Difficulties faced by persons with disabilities with solutions and design considerations and international standards when surfing the internet”.

The second half of the day was a multi-stakeholders dialogue on digital accessibility issues and solutions.

Discussions were on Technology Issues faced by persons with disabilities including results of 100 top local websites accessibility assessment.

The panelists were Secretary to Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Mr. Harsha Wijewardane from University of Colombo, Director of Internet Society Asia Pacific Region Mr. Naveed, President Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekara, Secretary of Internet Society Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda, Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre, Major Manjula De Silva from the Sri Lanka Army and Mr. Isuru Sampath.

 

Picture descriptions for vision impaired persons:

1 Participants at the evening session.

2 Group photograph of the morning session.

3 Internet for all banner.

4 Manique with the pannalists at the head table.

5 Manique making a presentation in the morning session.

6 Manique Sagarika and Naveed preparing the programme on the previous day.

7 Manique speaking at the evening session.

8 Manique with the participants.

9 Participants in the morning session.

10 Naveed presenting.

11 Sagarika presenting.

12 Wasantha Deshapriya speaking.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Council Member – Cisco Networking Academy Council

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA TRAINS STUDENTS ON ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

University of Moratuwa organized a training programme on “Access to Build Environment” for the engineering and architecture students at the faculty in March 2017. The training was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon ICT Training and Disability Resource Centre and Mr. Cyril Siriwardane of the Disability Organisations’ Joint Front. It is very important to train students because they are the people who will be designing and constructing buildings in the future.

 

Picture description for vision impaired persons:

1 Manique conducting the training.

2 Participants.

Manique Gunaratne

Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United