Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organised a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic in North Central Province in February 2021. The programme was held at the Sahana Association for the Disabled in Anuradhapura.
Among the areas covered were:
Mechanisms behind how violence intersects with gender and disability.
Reflection on caregiver’s experience on gender-based violence faced by women with disabilities and awareness on the role and responsibilities of caregivers during pandemics.
Challenges and methods to overcome these barriers during the pandemic by women with disabilities concerning gender-based violence.
Educating on the support systems available for women with disabilities related to gender-based violence locally.
A group of persons with diverse #disabilities (vision impaired, partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing, physical disability, wheelchair users and slow learners) successfully completed a course of study in Microsoft Excel at The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre inApril 2021. The training was conducted by Ms Manique Gunaratne. The target group included job seekers, school leavers, under-graduates and people who are employed.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre organised a programme on Mobilizing Women Leaders with #Disabilities for Inclusive Responses to Gender-Based Violence During the COVID Pandemic in Eastern Province in February 2021. The programme was held at the National Institute for Social Development (NISD) in Ampara. Women with and without disabilities and men with and without disabilities were trained as training of trainers (Tot). Some of the areas covered during this programme were:
Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).
Understanding on SRH and Sexual violence for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Educating on Family Planning, Subfertility and Abortion for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prevention of Sexual Violence for women with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic and instructions for legal assistance.
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Specialised Training & #Disability Resource Centre provides assistive devices for persons with disabilities to be independent and develop their employability skills. Mr Lalith Wickramasinghe received a wheelchair sponsored by Ms Sharmeen Falaldeen in July 2021. Mr Lalith Wickramasinghe is a disability activist who supports many persons with disabilities at the grassroots level to achieve their rights in the Puttlam district.
Manique Gunaratne The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, 385 J3 Old Kotte Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.
The University of Colombo conducted training on Disability Awareness and Sensitization under the Faculty of Arts – AHEAD grant and implemented in collaboration with the Centre for Disability Research Education and Practice (CEDREP) and the Staff Development Centre (SDC), the University of Colombo for the academic staff in May 2021. Ms. #Manique Gunaratne conducted the session on how to provide;
Diversity of disability – varied lived realities of persons with disabilities.
The role of inclusive technology and assistive devices.
Inclusive language and terminology
Building a respectful and inclusive university community by interaction, assistance, disability accommodation and socialization.
Manique Gunaratne Resource Person – Beyond the Reach Project of Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter
“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.