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VANITHABHIMANA 2022

Sri Lanka Vanithabimana 2022 Grand Finale was Held at BMICH coinciding with International Women’s Day, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). In March 2022. The Vanithabimana initiative introduced by NDB Bank in partnership with Sirasa News 1st, has become a platform for Sri Lankan female achievers who are fast breaking new ground. The platform is a national level program that has empowered and recognized female achievers across different sectors who directly or in directly contribute to the Sri Lankan economy.

One of the main aims of the program was to get women to participate in the modern marketplace and to encourage and facilitate their entry to it. The program also takes steps towards appreciating and felicitating those women who actively contribute to the economy and society.

The Grand Finale recognized the winners selected at a national level from the two main categories, namely the Provincial sector ( which included Entrepreneurship (small scale), Entrepreneurship (micro scale), Entrepreneurship (upcoming), Young leader, Environmental Management, Sports, Volunteer Services, Innovation, Literature and Education Services) and the Corporate & Professional Sector ( which covers sectors such as Human Resources, Financial Management, Sales and Marketing, Legal, State sector, Information Technology, Tourism, Art, Sports and Entrepreneurship). In addition, the Most Popular Woman in Sri Lanka award (selected based on SMS nominations from the general public) and the “Once in a Lifetime” Appreciation Award to 5 eminent veteran female personalities was presented at the event.

Manique Gunaratne was among the five finalists in the Information & Communication (ICT) category competing with persons with non-disabilities.

Presenting Awards
Presenting Awards
Group Dance
Group Dance
At the Audience
At the Audience
Participants
Participants
Participants
Participants
In front of the Flags
In front of the Flags
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
At the Red Carpet
At the Red Carpet
In front of the Flags
In front of the Flags
In front of the BMICH Fountain
In front of the BMICH Fountain
In front of Vanithabhimana Banner
In front of Vanithabhimana Banner
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
In front of the Building
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
At the BMICH
 In front of Vanithabhimana Banner
In front of Vanithabhimana Banner

At BMICH
At BMICH
Last Year Honorees
Last Year Honorees
At BMICH
At BMICH

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
Blog: http://efcnetworkondisability.employers.lk/

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022

Celebrating the International Day of Women is very important for women with disability to just as a woman but also a woman with a disability. It is a day that the entire world recognizes the plight of women and the efforts that have been channeled towards achieving gender equality. The 2022 theme for International Women’s Day was ‘Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ with the campaign #BreakTheBias. This theme speaks volumes to the challenges that women face and the immense potential that can be unlocked if we created a society that supports women empowerment and equality.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day it is also very critical for us to acknowledge different realities for different populations of women. One of this population is women and girls with disabilities who face compounded vulnerabilities in the society for being of a female sex and also for having a disability. These vulnerabilities tend to increase depending on the social and economic factors. It’s for these reasons that girls and women with disability should be involved in the commemoration of Women’s Day and the fight for gender equity and equality.

Girls with disability can be involved in the celebrations of the International Women’s Day through self-advocacy to create awareness on the challenges and barriers they face and recommend solutions to those challenges. Self-advocacy is a very practical concept when it comes to raising awareness on disability issues as persons with disabilities are the experts of their different life experiences and empowering them to do self-advocacy is one of the right things to do.

Manique Gunaratne spoke on importance of including women with disability on International Day for Women at a program at Yarl TV in March 2022.

At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
At Yarl TV
At Yarl TV
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme
Speaking at the programme

MANIQUE GUNARATNE
BOARD MEMBER NAVAJEEVANA REHABILITATION