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

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SRI LANKA AND USA

The US Embassy organized an event with jazz music to celebrate 70 years of relationships between Sri Lanka and USA at the Galle Face Hotel in February 2018. The US Embassy included persons with disabilities in their agenda. Ms. Manique Gunaratne and Ms. Ayasana Gunasekera from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre were invited for this historical event.

 

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1 Jazz music.

2 Manique and Ayasana.

3 Enjoying the event.

Manique Gunaratne

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

 

GENDER FESTIVAL INCLUDES PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The University of Kelaniya organized the Gender Festival in February 2018. The Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities were given the opportunity to organize a stall to make awareness on “Gender and disability” for the general public. Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre, Dr. Shyamini Hettiarachchi, Mr. Chamod Ruwanga and Ms. Isuru Ayeshmi together with the students with disabilities were able to make awareness on disability at the gender festival.

 

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Team members at the stall.

Manique Gunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Disability Organisations’ Joint Front

SAFER INTERNET AND INTERNET ETHICS FOR PERSONS WITH DIVERSE DISABILITIES

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre together with the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter conducted a “Safer Internet & Internet Ethics” training for persons with diverse disabilities at the EFC ICT Training Centre in February 2018. How to use the internet in a safer manner, internet addiction, safer internet marshal arts and good ethics were taught by an expert panel of resource persons. Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera, Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda, Dr. Kumara Peris and Mr. Champika Wijetunge conducted the sessions. The trainees team consisted of vision impaired person, partially sighted persons, deaf persons, hard of hearing persons, persons with physical disabilities, wheel chair users and slow learners.

 

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1 Group photograph.

2 Session on Internet addiction by Dr. Kumara Peiris.

3 Internet Marshal arts session by Mr. Maheeswara Kirindigoda.

4 Ms. Manique Gunaratne speaking.

5 Sign language interpretation.

6. Participants.

7 Ms. Sagarika Wickramasekera presenting.

Manique Gunaratne

Supported Employment Officer – Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment

PRINTING OF BRAILLE DOCUMENTS

The Braille Printing Unit of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon prints Braille documents in English, Sinhala and in Tamil Braille. In February 2018 the recent set of printed Braille documents in all three languages were handed over to the relevant authorities by Ms. Manique Gunaratne to be distributed among Braille users in Sri Lanka.

 

Manique Gunaratne

Advisory Board – CENWOR Employment for Women with Disabilities Project

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AT WORK PLACE

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre trains persons with diverse disabilities in employability skills. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon has 680 member companies and 66 member companies in the membership of the Employers’ Network on Disability. An EFC member company which is also a member of the Employers’ Network on Disability recruited a vision impaired person into their work force to promote diversity and inclusion at work place.

 

(Honoured, Deshabandu) Ms. H.K. Manique Gunaratne

A WHEEL CHAIR USER RECEIVES A PRINTER

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, ICT Training & Disability Resource Centre handed over a printer to a wheel chair user in January 2018 which was donated by Ms. Joan Hide from the British Welfare Group.

 

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1 Beneficiary of the printer

2 Handing over the printer.

 

Manique Gunaratne

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ACCESS AUDITS

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre conducted an Access Audit in January 2018, to give recommendations to companies to create a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities.

 

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Access audit.

Manique Gunaratne

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