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.
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).
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
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.
1 Manique addressing the conference.
2 Manique at the workshop.
3 group photograph at the closing ceremony of the conference.
4 Participants at the conference.
5 Group photograph of the opening ceremony of the conference.
6 Panel discussion at the conference.
7 group photograph of the workshop participants with the certificates.
8 Group photograph of the opening ceremony of the workshop.
9 Manique with the certificate.
10 manique receiving the certificate.
11 Day 1 of the workshop.
12 Group of participants at Day 3 of the workshop.
13 Manique at Day 3 of the workshop.
14 Day 3 of the workshop.
15 Day 2 of the workshop.
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
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:
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1 Manique at Pakistan TV station.
2 At the TV station with the Korean friend.
3 At the Pakistan TV station.
4 The programme.
5 Controlling room.
6 TV programme.
Founder Members Team – South Asian Women with Disabilities Network
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.
Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.
Sunday observer newspaper gives publicity for persons with disabilities
The Sunday Observer newspaper published an article titled “EFc ICT Training Centre Releases Braille and Large Print Pocket Calendars” in January 2016. Please read the article on:
Daily financial times newspaper gives publicity for persons with disabilities
The Daily Financial Times newspaper published an article titled “EFC ICT Training Centre releases Braille and large print pocket calendars for 2016” in January 2016. Please read the article on:
EFC on air for the first “anduren eliyata” programme for the year at the sri lanka broadcasting corporation
The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation gave the opportunity to the EFC Network on Disability to broadcast the first “Anduren Eliyata” programme in January 2016. Ms. Manique Gunaratne spoke on new thoughts for the new year and publishing of Braille and large print pocket calendars for the vision impaired persons.
Manique and Sujeewa recording the programme.