Innovative Practices 2015 on Independent Living and Political Participation
Employment and inclusion of rural girls with hearing impairments
“The peer-to-peer approach of our organization empowers women with hearing impairments to actively participate in society and encourages them through outstanding role models.”
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Employment and inclusion of rural girls with hearing impairments|
|Organisation:||Al Saeeda Association|
Girls with hearing impairments do not have access to an education that would ensure them a dignified life, and often they do not have the right to learn unified Yemeni sign language. Thus, they cannot communicate with others or express their needs and opinions.
SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY
Women are trained and educated to generate a steady income in such careers as hairdressing, engraving, handicrafts, knitting, and sewing. In addition to capacity-building, Al Saeeda Association advocates with local decision-makers to highlight the issues of persons with hearing impairments and to actively promote schools that integrate them. The project is executed by women who themselves have a hearing impairment, and this peer-to-peer support offers positive role models for young girls. Even the sign language classes are taught by the hearing impaired.
OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY
There is a great demand and need for sign language training and the teaching of professional careers. Currently, the project faces several obstacles to its growth, including a lack of sewing machines, insufficient transportation for trainees, a poor supply of electricity, and too little space, among others.
Nominated by: Manal AL ASHWAL, Al Saeeda Society for the Care and Rehabilitation of Deaf Girls