Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, public awareness of disability is low and our partner organisations are struggling to change society's views of persons with disabilities.

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Examples of MyRight's work in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's disability rights legislation has long been weak. However, in February 2016, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was finally ratified. Now MyRights partner organizations are participating in the design of a new disability act and a new sign language act.

To improve the school situation, our partner organizations have, among other things, produced a manual for the lowest standard for aids for children with disabilities and have also trained preschool teachers in inclusive education.

Another example of change thanks to our long-term advocacy work is that the deaf now have the right to drive a car.

The Disability Movement also works actively to draw attention to the situation of women and girls with disabilities in collaboration with, among others, the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR).

As a result of an education organized by MyRight, an influential group of young people with disabilities has been formed. Among other things, they work to make the public aware of the rights of people with disabilities through the media. The group has published several articles and letters to high-ranking politicians.

MyRight's partner organisations in Sri Lanka

  • Disability Organizations Joint Front (DOJF)
  • Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf (SLCFD)
  • Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFDR)

Stories from Sri Lanka

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Anusha is a full-fledged businesswoman

Anusha Ederage's voice is clear and beautiful. Her dance is full of empathy and you can sense the meaning of the song even if you do not understand the words. When Anusha takes over the floor, it is as if everything around her disappears. Her presence in the dance and the song is complete.

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