National Association of the Deaf in association with National Commission for Women organised the 5th National Deaf Women Empowerment Seminar on 6th – 7th December 2013 at Yuva Vishwa Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Approximately 150 women from different states participated in the Seminar.
Kumari Selja, Honourable Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment graced the inauguration ceremony of the seminar as the Chief Guest along with the Guest of Honour, Smt. Mamta Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women. The Minister during her speech acknowledged the delay in setting up the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre and assured that the Centre will be set up at the earliest next year.
She also plans to start the process of setting up the first College for the Deaf in Delhi as quality education is the foundation of empowerment. Lastly, the Minister also confirmed that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2012 will soon be finalised and come to fruition next year- a better future for the disability sector.
The Chairperson, NCW was amazed at seeing a large gathering of deaf women. She expressed her concern that a lot of work needs to be done for the rural sector. She requested the Minister to consider suggesting reservations for women including women with disabilities at the Parliamentary Sessions as well. She promised to initiate a special Cell that’ll deal the issues of women with disabilities.