We organized the International Women’s Day at the Auditorium of Indian Social Institute on Sunday, 8th March 2015. This is a step taken for raising awareness and creating a positive space in society for disability and women’s issues. The deaf women are doubly disadvantaged first by disability and second with the added vulnerability of their gender. We are a gathering of around 75 deaf women.
The seminar started with the welcome note by Mrs. Manta Nagpal, NAD’s North India Deaf Woman Committee. The first session was taken by Mrs. Nidhi Singha, NAD’s North India Deaf Woman Committee, performed the inspiration game about fist signing. Deaf women pointed out full sentences one by one. Ms. Rupmani Chhetri, Co-Worker of NAD’s North India Deaf Woman gave the presentation on International Women’s Day’ and the story of Mother Teresa.
The next session was taken by Mrs. Ritu Panda, Member of NAD where she related the issues with the existing laws, international treaties and organizations that can be a valuable tool. She explained the issues while she went to the World Federation of the Deaf Regional for South Asia Meeting in Mauritius last past months ago.
These three topics had never been discussed before on the event of International Women’s Day. It was a refreshing and an eye opener to all the participants. We concluded the seminar by cutting the cake and celebrating the day.