A media briefing was organized on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the 3rd of December 2016 to mark the beginning of an initiative known as February 8th Movement with the view to expressing the displeasure of Sri Lankans living with disabilities, on the steps taken by the Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare to subvert civil society efforts at setting up new coordination and monitoring mechanisms for disability rights.
Many of the leading figures of Disabled Persons’ organizations along with advocates and activists on the rights of the persons with disabilities, attended this media briefing which was held at the Auditorium of the International Center for Ethnic Studies.
This initiative was made possible with the facilitation of civil society organizations like MyRight and International Center for Ethnic Studies which have extended their support and commitment as responsible entities towards the realization of the rights of the Sri Lankans living with disabilities.
Mr. A. B. Weerawardhane and Mr. C. Siriwardane, the co-conveners along with the team of activists and advocates of the February 8th Movement, addressed the media personnel who represented numerous recognized media institutions in the country.
Enable Lanka Foundation supported this initiative by providing live social media coverage and coordinating the media institutions for the briefing.