“Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights! Persons with disabilities are known to be at increased risk of protection concerns and transmission of the virus in the COVID19 pandemic. This is because they can face higher exposure rates due to the need for close contact with personal assistants/caregivers. Also, due to travel restrictions, persons with disabilities may be separated from family and/or primary caregivers and not have companions to facilitate their access to services.” says Lalith Wickramasinghe.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organized a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Northwestern Province in January 2021. The programme was organized with the support of the District Disability Forum in Puttalam and was held at the District Secretariat Office in Puttalam. This project is conducted at the provincial level and the national level. A support network was built with 82 organizations to support during an emergency or in a similar type of pandemic situation in the future.
51 women with disabilities and 10 men with disabilities were introduced among 30 women with non-disabilities and 10 men with non-disabilities under the “Best budding” concept (companion) to ensure the safety and well-being of persons with disabilities against gender-based violence. Women with disabilities received the opportunity to join and get eligibility for the ‘Be-Safe’ mobile app via the Android operating system. 280 hygiene kits which consist of sanitary essentials such as masks, sanitisers, sanitary pads, washing powder, soap etc. were distributed with the sponsorship of UNFPA and Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka.
#Manique Gunaratne Country Representative – World Disability and Rehabilitation Professionals’ Association (WDRPA)
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre train persons with diverse #disabilities in employability skills and place them in gainful employment. Coats Thread Exports PLC conducted job interviews for hearing impaired persons in March 2021 to employ persons with disabilities.
#Manique Gunaratne Executive Committee Member – Asia Pacific Women with Disability United
Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Sri Lanka? Australia Awards Scholarships are your opportunity to gain a world-class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia. EFC Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre opened the doors to graduates with disabilities to develop their career with a Master’s degree in Australia. The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre, and the Australia Awards team conducted training on applying for the scholarship in March 2021. An Australia Awards Scholarship provides the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification from an Australian university. The career of persons with disabilities will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills, and the links they create in Australia and the global alumni network. On their return home, they can make a vital contribution to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. This will support creating an environment with dignity and justice for all persons with disabilities.