Community based inclusive development

Community based inclusive development

 

The “South Asian Disability Forum Strategic Planning Workshop” and executive committee meeting of the South Asian Disability Forum was held in November 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ms. Maniquegunaratne is the Vice President of the South Asian Disability Forum. It was held at Hotel Margala, Islamabad, organized by the Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights of Pakistan, the UNESCO Islamabad, the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) and the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), the CHEF International and the British Council Pakistan.

The objective of the “SADF Strategic Planning Workshop” was to formulate a three (3)-year action plan for SADF encompassing activities to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in South Asia.

The other programme was the “Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities on Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)” at Margala Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan. Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socio-economic

Outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health conditions, less employment opportunities, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability. Keeping in view above situation, “Leadership

Conference of Persons with Disabilities on Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID)” was organized by the Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights of Pakistan, the UNESCO Islamabad, the WHO Pakistan, the CBID Network Pakistan and the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), CBM, the CHEF International and the British Council Pakistan.

The aim of the Conference was to promote the leadership of people with disabilities in the context of Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) in Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, Asia Pacific and Eastern Mediterranean region.

The following areas were covered at the conference.

Legislative framework on disability.

Community based inclusive development practices in other countries.

Community based inclusive disaster risk reduction.

Community based inclusive education initiatives.

Ms. Maniquegunaratne represented Sri Lanka at this conference.

 

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1 Group photograph of the participants.group photo

2 Panel discussion.panel discussion

 

ManiqueGunaratne

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

Including the voice of people with disabilities in public consultations on constitutional and electoral reforms

Including the voice of people with disabilities in public consultations on constitutional and electoral reforms

Enabled Elections Coalition, together with the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), organised an advocacy
Meeting that will bring together organizations, interest groups and individuals engaged in disability
Rights and inclusion at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in February 2016. The aim of this advocacy meeting was to mobilize disability rights stakeholders to ensure that the new constitution and related electoral reforms uphold the rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognize Persons with Disabilities as equal citizens, and promote the political engagement of Persons with Disabilities as voters and elected leaders.
CMEV was a Co-Convener and facilitator of the 2015 island-wide campaign ‘Enabled Elections’, which
Was spearheaded in tandem with the General Elections. This short but focused campaign was able to
Mobilize Persons with Disabilities to exercise their vote and seek accessibility provisions where
Needed. The campaign’s primary goal was to increase voter turnout of Persons with Disabilities by
Creating awareness about the circular number PE 164/2015 issued by the Commissioner of Elections
In May 2015. This Circular advised all the Assistant Commissioners to ensure that ‘reasonable access’
Is provided for voters living with a disability. The ‘Enabled Elections’ campaign was a 􀏐first in sensitizing
All citizens of Sri Lanka about the political rights and access to polling stations for People With
Disabilities.
Similarly, IFES has worked on programs across South Asia and worldwide to empower Persons With
Disabilities and civil society organizations to advocate for their electoral and political rights in keeping
With the international standards laid out in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With
Disabilities.
CMEV, IFES and other groups believe that the constitutional and electoral reform process provides a
Critical opportunity for individuals and groups to collectively advocate for disability inclusive policies.
The purpose of the advocacy meeting was to discuss strategies on including
The voices of Persons with Disabilities in the new constitution drafting process in the country.
Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability participated for this discussion to promote rights of persons with disabilities for the drafting of the new constitution.

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1 Group of participants.group of participants
2 Pannalists at the discussion.panel discussion
3 Participants at the programme.participants

Manique Gunaratne
Vice Chair Person – South Asian Disability Forum

Sri lanka ratify the united nations convention on rights of persons with disabilities (uncrpd)

Sri lanka ratify the united nations convention on rights of persons with disabilities (uncrpd)

 

It was a really happy moment for all persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka when the good news of ratification of the United Nations Convention on rights of Persons with Disabilities was heard.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an instrument that assists Governments of member states to bring about the change required in society and within the country to accept persons with disabilities as citizens with equal rights.

Sri Lanka signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities in March 2007. After a period of 8 years Cabinet approval was sought for and obtained last year.

The purpose of this comprehensive and integral international convention is to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.  Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD[i]. The then Minister of Social Services was at the UN Headquarters in New York on 30th March 2007, the day it was open for signature.  With its signature Sri Lanka agreed “to refrain in good faith from acts that would defeat the object and purpose of the treaty”.

The delay has kept Sri Lankans with disabilities waiting too long on the fringes of Society. Ratification and implementation of the CRPD will pave the way for the upliftment of their quality of life; it will move them away from vulnerability and marginalization to the mainstream of development and to a better life with a brighter future.

After 9 long years of great work of advocacy and lobbying by persons with disabilities, disable people’s organisations, civil society and all parties concerned, on 8th February 2016 Sri Lanka ratified the UNCRPD.

 

ManiqueGunaratne

Executive Committee Member – Asian blind Union

[i]     UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=150

The british council TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON includes persons with disabilities

The british council TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYERS’ FEDERATION OF CEYLON includes persons with disabilities

The British Council is a British organisation specializing in international educational and cultural opportunities. It is registered as a charity in England, Wales and Scotland. It is committed to offer learning facilities not only for the ordinary, but also for people with disabilities. Hence, EFC ICT Training Centre for persons with disabilities conducted an audit with regard to accessibility.
The technical aim of this audit was to provide a feedback to British Council on arranging a barrier-free safe environment for those with disabilities to access resources of British Council. This audit was conducted considering the fact that there are regular visitors to British Council premises which includes members of its library, students, visitors and employees.
The requirement for the Accessibility audit was resulted from the learning of the two workshops which were conducted for the British Council by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in November 2015 with regard to disability etiquette, the right way to handle persons with disabilities and accessibility measures for the workplace.
The Access audit was conducted by Ms. Manique Gunaratne (vision impaired) from The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability and by Mr. Cyril Siriwardane (Wheel chair user).

Manique Gunaratne
Executive Committee Member – Daisy Lanka Foundation

Leadership Training and the South Asia Conference on the role of Women with Disabilities in Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

Leadership Training and the South Asia Conference on the role of Women with Disabilities in Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Pakistan invited Ms. Manique Gunaratne of The employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability, to attend the Leadership Training and the South Asia Conference on the role of Women with Disabilities in Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in January 2016 in Pakistan. The event was held at Hotel Magala in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Leadership Training and the South Asia Conference on the role of Women with Disabilities in Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals under the South Asian Disability Forum (SADF)’s project South Asia Disability and Development Initiative (SADDI) was organized in collaboration with Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), British Council Pakistan, CBM, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), Women Refugee Commission (WRC), Aurat Foundation (AF), National Forum of Women with Disabilities (NFWWD). The Leadership Training aimed to empower Women with Disabilities and build their capacities as Leaders and to strengthen our work regionally and nationally for inclusive Development.
Women with disabilities from Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Korea and Pakistan participated at this programme.
On the final day there was a conference with representatives of parliamentarians, high level government officials, media, representatives from the organisations of persons with disabilities and NGO’s.
Ms. Manique Gunaratne was interviewed by several media channels.

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1 Manique addressing the conference.

addressing the gathering
2 Manique at the workshop.at workshop with banner
3 group photograph at the closing ceremony of the conference.conference closing group
4 Participants at the conference.Participants at the conference
5 Group photograph of the opening ceremony of the conference.group photo opening
6 Panel discussion at the conference.conference panel
7 group photograph of the workshop participants with the certificates.

group photo certificates
8 Group photograph of the opening ceremony of the workshop.group photo opening
9 Manique with the certificate.manique holding the certificate
10 manique receiving the certificate.receiving the certificate
11 Day 1 of the workshop.workshop day 1 (1)
12 Group of participants at Day 3 of the workshop.workshop day 3 group more clear
13 Manique at Day 3 of the workshop.workshop day 3 manique
14 Day 3 of the workshop.workshop day 3
15 Day 2 of the workshop.workshop group day 2

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

Manique together with south Asian disability forum on air through Pakistan national tv

Manique together with south Asian disability forum on air through Pakistan national tv

The South Asian Disability Forum (SADF), Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) and National Forum of Women with disabilities (NFWWD) organized a TV talk show at PTV World (Pakistan National TV) in January 2016. This was to make aware of rights of women with disabilities and to give publicity for the international conference for South Asian women with disabilities held at Hotel Magala in Islamabad, Pakistan. Three leading women with disabilities in the Asian region participated for this talk show. They were Ms. Manique Gunaratne from The employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability Sri Lanka, Ms. Abia Ackram from National Forum of Women with Disabilities Pakistan and Ms. Kim Ju from Korea. Watch the video on:
Wtm women with disabilities 20-01-16

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1 Manique at Pakistan TV station.at pakistan tv manique
2 At the TV station with the Korean friend.at tv station korean friend
3 At the Pakistan TV station.pakistan tv station
4 The programme.tv programme
5 Controlling room.tv programme controlling room
6 TV programme.tb programme group more clear

Manique Gunaratne
Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network

EFC on air for mobile applications for persons with disabilities

EFC on air for mobile applications for persons with disabilities

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation invited The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon Network on Disability for an half an hour programme titled “Anduren eliyata” in January 2016. Ms. Manique Gunaratne spoke on mobile applications for persons with disabilities.

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Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.

Recording:FM recording_004

Manique Gunaratne
Head of ICT Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon