Let us create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities and marginalized communities to have availability and improved access to quality inclusive vocational training measures.
GIZ Sri Lanka organised an Inclusive Vocational Training Roundtable conference at Hotel Taj in October 2023.
Policy Framework for Inclusive Vocational Education in Sri Lanka and Recommendations to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities and marginalized communities to have availability and improved access to quality inclusive vocational training measures were discussed at the round table conference.
Manique Gunaratne spoke on “Vocational trainings provided by The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre for persons with disabilities”.
A sign language app was launched at this round table conference.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working to promote meaningful and sustainable inclusion of persons with disabilities across all its programmes and operations and to effectively and systematically include persons with disabilities, especially #women and young persons with disabilities in development, humanitarian, sustaining peace and peacebuilding settings.
As such, to initiate a dialogue to identify and strengthen advocacy, accountability, inclusion mechanisms and to identify key areas of interventions and potential partnerships UNFPA organized a stakeholder consultation with persons with disabilities and those who work with persons with disabilities in May 2023 at the UN Conference Hall.
Manique Gunaratne contributed on how to include women with disabilities and key priority areas.
Established in 1929, the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) is the national employers’ organisation in Sri Lanka. Over the years, we have committed ourselves to adapting to the requirements of a dynamic membership to promote productive employment and social harmony. The Employers Network on Disability was formed by the EFC with the objective of facilitating employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in the private sector. Officially launched in 1999, the initiative was supported by the International Labour Organisation. Since then the network is actively serving its purpose by strengthening the link between organisations dealing with disability-related issues, the business community and persons with disabilities.
The Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre was established in 2009 with the objective of training persons with diverse disabilities and developing their employability skills. We play a key role in advocacy and lobbying for the rights of persons with diverse disabilities and our aim is to promote inclusive economic development in all parts of the country thus creating long term sustainable employment and livelihoods for persons with disabilities.
Coats Thread Exports PLC, a member company of EFC provides employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Ms. Pramokshi Fernando with a physical disability was recruited making Coats Thread Exports PLC an inclusive workplace in 2021.
MANIQUE GUNARATNE Member of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities