Projects : Deaf Women

Deaf Women Rights and Empowerment

The Indian Sign Language (ISL) version of Deaf Women.

The idea of deaf women rights and empowerment came in 2008 at national level. Before 2008 I witnessed in the club that deaf women were suffering a lot, they had various problems, faced discrimination, no knowledge of empowerment.

They were silent about their problems, feared the public and lived a full life of discrimination. This has been happening in diferent states and villages of India.
I myself was not learned about empowerment, various laws etc but we wanted a platform for empowering deaf women.

So, in 2008 the idea of national women was initiated. A deaf person from abroad came to India and taught us about empowerment, awareness generation, law to be bold and marry more things. Deaf women learnt a lot about their rights which earlier they were not aware about because nobody taught them. With this training we got to learn about the rules, laws etc. They become knowledge and bold in their families and society.

National level conferences have happened in Bhopal, Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kerala from 2008-2016. We are expecting to have one in 2017.

We plan to invite deaf women from small states. We will invite experts from National Commission for Women (NCW), various NGOs who can train us for good and deaf women can progress.

We are doing much better than before. We have something than nothing. Youtube videos, whatsapp and facebook are spreading the information very fast.

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Location: Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh     Activities: Conference
International Women’s Day

March 8th marks the International women’s Day, which Celebrates the achievement of women in all spheres of life. On this occasion National Association of the Deaf is joining Hearing Impaired women from all over the Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to Commemorate this day. A lot of efforts and progress have been registered at the National Associational of the Deaf towards achieving Evaluate Empowering deaf women and elevating them socially and culturally. Furthermore, National Associational of the Deaf on the Status of empowering deaf women currently holding its session at Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh.

National Association of the Deaf organized the International Women’s Day at the Auditorium of Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh on Saturday, 12th March 2016. 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 saw a gathering of around 150 deaf women. We invited the Deaf Women Lecturer Smt. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, Chief Guest of Honour Shri Sanjay Tandon, President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Shri Sanjay Arora, Chief Manager of GAIL, Chandigarh ,

The seminar started with the welcome note.Mrs.Rupinder Kaur and Anu Saigal, NAD’s Deaf Women Committees, Chandigarh.

Presented by Ms. Akanksha Sharma, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector- 12, Chandigarh. Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woman Secretary of NAD explained about the Histories of International Week of the Deaf. The Seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Sanjay Tondon (BJP) and Shri Sanjay Arora, Chief Manager, GAIL (Chandigarh). They said it is our duty to bring this injustice to an end as deaf women after faces double discrimination in social life. Shri Sanjay Tondon congratulated Mr. Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer (NAD) for his achievements and praises him by saying that he never missed an opportunity to meet and greet higher officials. He added that the problem is very big for the deaf women to communicate with normal ones. They congratulated all the deaf women on this International Women’s Day.

Presentation by Shri Sanjeev Gulati, Project Advisor of Social Welfare, Chandigarh on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ where the ability to understand others and act wisely in human relations was discussed along with the functioning of our brain, that during a situation that triggers us, it tends to leave us with less space to think and act wisely. 

Presented by Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technical Officer, deafeasy on “Explained about Digital Technology & Products for the Smart Deaf.”

These two 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.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road,New Delhi     Activities: Workshop
International Women’s Day

An event on “Women empowerment day” was held at Indian Social Institute organised by National Association of the Deaf (NAD) on 8th March, 2016. Among the participants were 125 deaf women members/non-members and husbands of the married deaf women. The event was chaired by Women Secretary, Mrs. Geeta Sharma, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) followed by three sessions which included:-

  1. “Women Empowerment in India” by Ms. Sangeeta Singh, Ph.D Scholar, Delhi University Women Empowerment in India

The issues addressed during the session included:-

  • Meaning of women empowerment
  • Obstacles in empowering women in India
  • Gender inequalities across the world
  • Ways to empower women. The primary focus was to acquaint with the various hindrances that restrict the social and economic growth of women in Indian context. Focusing on the gender gap in literacy, emphasis was given on the causes that impede the education of a girl child. A short movie, “Nischay” was presented to highlight the ways by which women are abused in their day to day life. The later part of the movie illustrated need of the hour to raise their voice against violence. The speaker also put forward the various facts about the gender inequalities prevailing in the society globally. The key points were discussed on “How can we empower ourselves?” which included educational, social, psychological and health related aspects for the better development of a woman in the society. It was added by presenting stories about the true spirit of Indian women who achieved their goals irrespective of their socioeconomic and disability status and set themselves as role models in today’s society. The session was concluded by what a great personality, Swami Vivekanand said, “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved, It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing.” 
  1. “Knowledge of Deaf Women” by Ms. Priya Reddy & Ms. Harpriti Reddy, Coordinator, The Deaf Way Foundation.

The participants were taken to Crafts Museum, New Delhi after the sessions were over. The purpose was fun for them to enjoy with each others at Crafts Museum, New Delhi.

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Location: Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector- 12, Chandigarh    Activities: Workshop
Workshop on the Advocacy Leadership Training for the Deaf

National Association of the Deaf organised the Workshop on the Advocacy Leadership Training for the Deaf at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre, Sector-12, Chandigarh on 23rd January, 2016.

The function started with the welcome note by Mr. Yogesh Kumar, Public Relation Officer of NAD. Chief Guest of Shri Vijay Kumar Dev, Advisor to the Administrator Chandigarh has spoken about the works of NAD and said  he will provide government jobs to deaf people, he said them that they would give their letters to him and he will solve their problems. He said Yogesh Kumar always contacts with me.

Guest of Honour Shri Phool Chand Yadav, Commissioner for Disabilities, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Haryana, spoke to the deaf delegates that they don’t think they are disabled people; when he was small child & he did not think that he was disabled person. He also said, “I don’t think that I am disabled person but now I am a commissioner for disabilities.”

Guest of Honour Shri Nitin Rokade, Chief HR Manager, Indian Oil Company Limited, Chandigarh spoke to the deaf delegates that they have problems to share with him and he would solve your problems.

Shri A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of National Association of the Deaf explained to them how victory NAD got the ISLRTC as an autonomous body by PM’s approval on 22nd September 2015 during the International Week of the Deaf.

Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary of NAD and Mr. Vishal Arora, Treasurer of NAD shared explaining the importance of advocacy for Govt. for demanding the human rights in areas of lives of deaf people.

Mr. Vivek Mehta, Chief Technology Officer, deafeasy explained to deaf delegates regarding the importance of technology for the deaf people through the alarm device help deaf people for vibrant waking up themselves easily.

There were about 85 deaf delegates participated in the Workshop from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh.

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Location: Cardinal Parecatil Memorial Renewal Centre, Azad Road, Kaloor, Emakulam, Kochi    Activities: Announcements Workshop
6th National Deaf Women Empowerment Seminar PROTECT DEAF WOMEN AND GIRL COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY

We organised the 6th National Deaf Empowerment Seminar starting off on 18th & 19th April 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with over 100 women participating from New Delhi, Telangana, various districts of Kerala & Tamil Nadu. It was indeed a sight to see with women in colorful attire reflecting the diverse culture and tradition of India, signing and communicating excitedly, as for some, this was their first ever Seminar and opportunity to meet deaf women from other parts of India. Dr. Surinder Randhawa, Senior Consultant, BAASLS Programme, Smt. Geeta Sharma, Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, Ms. Janaki, People with Hearing Impairment Network, Hyderabad, Mrs. Theresa, Women Secretary, Regional Women Deaf Centre, Tamaraserry, Calicut, Mrs. Renuka Rameshan, Director, Family Care, Coimbatore Sign language Professional Interpreter, inaugurated the 2-day Seminar by lighting the lamp, which was followed by presentations that made everyone take a deep look at each of their lives thus far and see what can be done through empowerment.

We invited the chairperson of Keral Commission for Women but they couldn’t make it to the workshop as they were travelling to Meghalaya for some other workshop.

Dr. Surinder Randhawa’s presentation, “Protecting Deaf women in India. Communication is the key set the tone for the 2-day Seminar. Digging deep into the mindsets of male chauvinistic society about women in India, many truths were revealed, urging deaf women to fight back and not have to suffer silently anymore, given the fact that anything that happens to a deaf woman is silent, and hence there is need for protection and time to make the voices heard.

Technology has been a boon to the deaf community and has helped communication system and dissemination of information in visual mode. Presentation by Smt. Renuka Rameshan, Director of Family Care, covered technology available to protect deaf women and girls and also provided tips on how to be wise in using social media and share knowledge that helps in personal and professional growth. Information about the latest mobile apps such as himmat, launched by Delhi Police for safety of women, and fight back launched by Tech Mahindra, originally for in-house, but made public after Delhi gang rape incident, were extremely helpful for the deaf women and the apps are deaf-friendly as with the press of a button, help can be accessed.

Smt. Geeta Sharma, Secretary, Women's Wing of NAD, stated a few problems faced by deaf community such as lack of interpreters and thereby lack of accessibility, lack of job opportunities, poor education facilities etc., and sought the support of the Government.

The question and answer session saw the interacting capacity of the attendees and many valuable suggestions were given. Shirley Somasundaram, Malayalam dramatist famous personality in the theatre field, paid a visit to the seminar hall to view the action and was impressed with the goings on and congratulated the participants along with the head of Cardinal Parecattil Memorial Renewal Centre, who also said a blessing for the deaf women and families present. A short boating trip was arranged for all to enjoy them and bond together in the evening. Day 2 of the Conference included an hour of education on the laws that every deaf woman should know and be aware of such as free legal aid, the power to decide, the right to interpreter, human rights, etc., after which an hour of group discussion was slotted for the participants to suggest changes and a plan of action to be proposed to the National Commission for Women Government authorities. Various points of debate and ideas were generated through this time. Smt. Janaki, Director of People with Hearing Impairment Network (PHIN) briefed everyone about the activities of the organization, reaching out to many deaf women and seeking legal help in situations where the hearing perpetrators needed to be brought to book and cited many case studies, which was a boost to many.

Domanic Presentation, MLA of Kochi, Ernakulam, spared a few minutes from his busy schedule to meet the participants and address them, wish them and congratulate them. One of the youngest participants, a final year college student, presented an eye-opening session on the tools to empower, namely, training, positive thinking, communication skills, education, leadership, teamwork, interaction between hearing and deaf community, self development, etc.

The vote of thanks was given by Nirupma Kaul, Deaf Women Committee, National Association of the Deaf summarizing the whole event. After thanking all the distinguished guests and participants, each city / town was presented with a set of information books published by National Commission for Women which included Problems relating to NRI marriage, Prevention of sexual harassment at work place, Aspiration rites relationship marriage and Meera Didi se pooch, to help understand the present day problems faced by women and know how to overcome them.

It was observed that the participants found the 2 days seminar really fruitful. When the feedback was taken from the participants it was found that most participants didn't know about the basic rights of women and it was their first hands on experience to attend such a seminar and attain knowledge about their rights. Many deaf women shared about their discriminatory experiences and they were counseled on how and why they should stand up for their rights.

From the great output received from the deaf women, we hope that more such workshops can be conducted for deaf women and their stand and betterment in the society can be considered seriously. We hope that the Govt. of our country and state administration will keep supporting us like they always have. From the suggestions we received, one of the suggestion which was commonly given by the participants was if Govt. experts in this area would come and meet deaf women and understand them closely and impart their knowledge about the rights of women to them.

Since the workshop was a lot based on how technology so recommendations were made to seek financial and intellectual assistance on how interpreter services via video conferencing can be made accessible to deaf women. Video conferencing services would solve a lot of problems for not only urban women but also rural women as communication is one big barrier for the deaf community.

Sign language plays a major role in the life of any deaf individual as it is their first language and their only mode of communication. But sadly it doesn't get the same status as any other language. Making sign language the official language of our country would solve the major problem of the deaf community. The education is very poor for the deaf as a. deaf schools aren't enough b. teachers teaching in deaf schools themselves don't know sign language themselves. When the very base is so weak then how can we expect the deaf to walk equally with normal world. Deaf women and girls at a major level are victims of sexual abuse and rape but their cases are never taken into action because they aren't able to express themselves cause of communication barrier and lack of interpreters. The sad truth is in India there are only 250 professional sign language interpreters for 18 million deaf people. Therefore, our only appeal is to promote sign language in our country and make it an official language. This in a major way will solve the problems of deaf women ‘deaf pride’ can be promoted.

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Location: Chandigarh Club Ltd., Chandigarh    Activities: Conference
International Women’s Day

We organized the International Women's Day at the Auditorium of Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector-1, Chandigarh on Saturday, 21st 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 saw a gathering of around 75 deaf women. We invited the Deaf Women Lecturer Smt. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, Chief Guest of Honour Sh. Sanjay Tandon, President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Smt. Heera Negi, Ex-Senior Deputy Mayor Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Shri Devi Singh, Zila President of Bharatiya Janta Party, Chandigarh, Chief Guest of Honour Sh. Sanjay Tandon, President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Smt. Heera Negi, Ex-Senior Deputy Mayor Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Shri Devi Singh, Zila President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh and guest of Honour Shri Jasjeet Singh, Director of Mansukh, Investment & Trading Solutions Chandigarh.

The seminar started with the welcome note by Mrs. Reena Jain, NAD's North India Deaf Woman Committee and performed the inspiration game about fist signing. Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woman Secretary of NAD explained about the problems of ISLRTC merging with NIHH and what is the benefit of ISLRTC. Chief Guest of Honour Sh. Sanjay Tandon, President of Bharatiya Janta Party Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Smt. Heera Negi, Ex-Senior Deputy Mayor Chandigarh, Guest of Honour Shri Devi Singh, Zila President of Bharatiya Janta Party, Chandigarh spoke the praise for deaf women wonderfully work well for themselves which they could not see deaf women who are brave before. Guest of Honour Prof (Dr.) Vikas Singh (Campus Director) Chandigarh Group of College talked about domestic violence etc.

The last session was taken by Ms. Nirupama Kaul, Co-Worker of NAD's North India Deaf Woman on "Emotional Intelligence" where the ability to understand others and act wisely in human relations was discussed along with the functioning of our brain, that during a situation that triggers us, it tends to leave us with less space to think and act wisely.

These two 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.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, New Delhi    Activities: Conference
International Women’s Day

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.

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Location: Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON EMPOWERMENT OF DEAF WOMEN

The National Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women was held on 14th December, 2014 in New Delhi organised by National Association of the Deaf. It was a half day workshop on empowerment of deaf women from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Smt. Geeta Sharma is a deaf person and also, the woman secretary of National Association of the Deaf, New Delhi. She starts the workshop every 3 month to conduct the workshop for deaf women for NCR/Delhi.

Ms. Michelle Morris from USA made various presentations referring to deaf women. Deaf women leaders attended the workshop from all over the country. Most were enthusiastic and keen to have learnt things presented by Smt. Nirupama Kaul who is a Committee Women member of NAD.

Programme was held in order to raise awareness and create a positive space in society for the deaf community and women's issues. 65 deaf women leaders attended the workshop in Delhi.

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Location: Indian Social Institue, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
State Level Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women

The State Level Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women was held on 30th March, 2014 at Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Raod, New Delhi organised by National Association of the Deaf. It was a one day long workshop on empowerment of deaf women from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The workshop started with the welcome note by Ms. Nirupama Kaul, Committee Deaf Women Member of NAD.

Smt. Geeta Sharma is a deaf person and also, the Woman Secretary of National Association of the Deaf, New Delhi. She starts the workshop every month to conduct the workshop for deaf women for NCR/Delhi.

She made various presentations referring to deaf women. Deaf women leaders attended the workshop from Delhi/NCR. Most were enthusiastic and keen to have learnt things presented by Smt. Geeta Sharma and also Smt. Reena Jain who is a Committee Deaf Women Member of NAD.

Dr. Lucky Chandekar, Gynecologist at Surbhi Hospital, Noida took an interactive session on 'Menstruation' through an informative PPT presentation. The session jogged many participants’ brains and solved / addressed all queries of deaf women.

Ms. Abha Bisht, Bachelor of Arts Applied Sign Language Studies was invited to be lecturer to deaf women. She has shown her powerpoint presentantation to them about domestic violence and women issues.

Programme was held in order to raise awareness and create a positive space in society for the deaf community, women's issues and women's health issues. 65 deaf women attended the workshop in Delhi.

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Location: Vishwa Yuwa Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
5th National Deaf Women Empowerment Seminar

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.

Location: Chandigarh Club Ltd., Sector 1, Chandigarh    Activities: Events
International Women’s Day

The event was inaugurated by the SHO of Chandigarh, Mrs. Harjeet Kaur. It was a highly interactive session where the deaf women got the chance of discussing all the problems and obtaining the necessary security information and tips for a safer living. The SHO shared few very important information and ways to protect ourselves. SHO was greatly moved an impressed by the enthusiastic back and forth dialogues with deaf women. And she was interested in learning and promoting Indian Sign Lanugage among the police force.

After the session, Mrs. Reena Jain, Mrs. Mamta Nagpal and Mrs. Vandana Varshney of the Executive Committee Members of North India, National Association of the Deaf organized a few games with the participants. Towards the end, the glorious event was dismissed with the cake cutting ceremony.

We saw a gathering of around 105 deaf women from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. We were very thankful to Chanidgarh Club Ltd. for sponsoring our organization and other supporters who helped us a lot.

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Location: Fr. Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, Delhi    Activities: Workshop
State Level Workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women

Over 70 women participated in this seminar from Delhi and NCR. Many new faces and most of them were youngsters. Mrs. Deepika Taneja welcomed all of the participants as they all celebrated the last day of International Week of the Deaf and being the last Sunday, they also celebrated International Day of the Deaf. She called upon Ms. Nirupama Kaul to talk on the essence of International Day/Week of the Deaf, Deaf Awareness March and the role of World Federation of the Deaf andUnited Nations in thiscelebrations. Being deaf is an invisible disability which brings a great need for awareness. A deaf person cannot be easily spotted among the crowd, no. This is why every year, the last week of September, we celebrate the International Week of the Deaf. Earlier, since 1951, International Day of the Deaf was celebrated on the last Sunday of September buy few years ago, WFD decided to extend the celebrations to a whole week where the cultural activities performed by the deaf will take place. She further explained the importance of United Nations.

To add further to Ms. Kaul's presentation, Ms. Angel Singha took over the next session to explain the work that United Nations does, its background, the understanding of Human Rights and what is United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). She showed a video from the time when United Nations was established, how it functions, its Head Quarters, etc. Then, she asked the audience the meaning of human rights to them. Few said the freedom to choose but rest were puzzled. Then, she showed another video which was animated on the basic understanding of human rights where a person is respected and has dignity, has a right to education, socialise, capable of making decisions, working, having a family, among many other. United Nations has 9 international treaties among which UNCRPD falls under, she explained. It was designed for persons with disabilities by persons with disabilities. India is the 7th country that ratified UNCRPD on 1st October, 2007. There is a paradigm shift in the disability sector from a medical model to a right based model. She talked on Article 5: Equality and non discrimination which is the crux of CRPD and Article 6 that talks on 'women with disabilities'. She explained the concept of 'reasonable accomodation' which means a temporary fix which is done now and not ten years later. Then she ended her session by showing a movie on a deaf girl who had the will power to play violin. It seems impossible but that's the part, it might seem impossible but it never is.

Then the ladies were divided into five groups and puzzles were given to them. Once assembled, the groups had words like love, faith, hope, etc which is the most important thing for a person to survive. And, lastly, a skit was shown where a pregnant lady is in labour and she has five children, first depicting sign language, second; interpreters, third; IWD, fourth; education and fifth being accessibility. Sign language is the centre and the culture of a deaf community.

Smt. Geeta Sharma,Women Secretary of NAD gave her vote of thanks. She said it was important for us to keep ourselves aware of our surroundings. CRPD is ours and very few people among us knew about its existence. Deaf community is invisible but we need to create awareness otherwise unreached would feel alone, helpless. It is our moral responsibility to reach the unreached. Then, she invited the ladies to join her for coffee and snacks.

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Location: Chhattisgarh    Activities: Workshop
STATE LEVEL WORKSHOP ON EMPOWERMENT OF DEAF WOMEN

The State Level workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women was held on 28th and 29th July, 2012 in Bhilai Durg, Chhattisgarh organised by Bhilai Durg Welfare Association of the Deaf. It was a two days long workshop on empowerment of deaf women from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Smt. Geeta Sharma is a deaf person and also, the woman secretary of National Association of theDeaf, New Delhi. She visited Chhattisgarh for first time.

She made various presentations referring to deaf women. Deaf women leaders attended the workshop from various districts of Chhattisgarh. Most were enthusiastic and keen to have learnt things presented by Smt. Geeta Sharma , Smt. Bela Chitwadgi and Smt. Neetu who is a Committee Women member of NAD.

Programme was held in order to raise awareness and create a positive space in society for the deaf community and women’s issues. 150 deaf women attended the workshop in Bhilai Durg (Chhattisgarh) from across the state. This is to be noted that BhilaiDurg Welfare association of the Deaf is associated with National Association of the Deaf for young deaf people working together to tackle the varied problem of the deaf community and also to enhance the opportunities available to the deaf women empowering them to lead happy and productive integrated to the mainstream of society.

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Location: Conference Room, Free Church, 10 Parliament Street, New Delhi    Activities: Workshop
STATE LEVEL WORKSHOP ON EMPOWERMENT OF DEAF WOMEN

The State Level workshop on Empowerment of Deaf Women was held on 24th June, 2012 in New Delhi organised by National Association of the Deaf. It was a one day long workshop on empowerment of deaf women from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Smt. Geeta Sharma is a deaf person and also, the woman secretary of National Association of theDeaf, New Delhi. She starts the workshop every 3 month to conduct the workshop for deaf women for NCR/Delhi.

She made various presentations referring to deaf women. Deaf women leaders attended the workshop from Delhi/NCR. Most were enthusiastic and keen to have learnt things presented by Smt. Geeta Sharma and also Smt. Reena Jain who is a Committee Women member of NAD.

Programme was held in order to raise awareness and create a positive space in society for the deaf community and women’s issues. 95 deaf women attended the workshop in Delhi.

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Location: Auditorium, Chandigarh Club Ltd, Sector 1, Chandigarh    Activities: Events
International Women’s Day

This was a 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. The seminar has explored these issues and a number of senior deaf women activists and participants from Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ambala, Rajpura, Patiala, Ludhiana and other parts of Punjab and Haryana had been participating. We saw a gathering of around 75 deaf women.

The seminar started with the welcome note by Mrs. Suvidha Jain, Woman Secretary of Chandigarh Deaf Friendship Club. Mrs. Rupinder Kaur, Woman Secretary of Chandigarh Deaf Friendship Society shared the powerpoint presentation about the deaf women who succeeded. Mrs. Sonia Sodhi, Deaf Woman Committee of Patiala Deaf Friendship Club, Mrs. Sangeeta Sharma, Deaf Woman Committee of Chandigarh Deaf Friendship Club & Mrs. Roopa Ramaiya, Education Coordination of The Deaf Way Foundation, Punjab shared the powerpoint presentation about the deaf women issues. Mrs. Reena Jain & Mrs. Vandana Varshney, NAD’s North India Deaf Woman Committees shared explaining the several rapes of deaf women in India and needed all deaf women to voice against the rape and stand what they can do for their own women rights.

Mrs. Meeta & Mrs. Mansi, Deaf Woman Committees of Ludhiana Deaf Friendship Club have performed the mimes about women issues.

Wish them a successful in their fruitful works for the future.

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Location: Delhi    Activities: Events
International Women’s Day

We organized the first kind of the International Women’s Day at Auditorium, Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, Delhi on 11th March 2012.

This was a 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. The seminar has explored these issues and a number of senior deaf women activists and participants from across Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, and other parts of U.P. and Haryana had been participating. We saw a gathering of around 155 deaf women. We invited Smt. Bindra Karat, Chief Guest, Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Guest of Honor, Member Secretary, National Commission for Women participating in the Seminar.

The seminar started with the welcome note by Mrs. Reena Jain, NAD’s North India Deaf Woman Committee. Mrs. Geeta Sharma, Woman Secretary of NAD shared the powerpoint presentation about the history of deaf women work & the rapes of deaf women in India.

Smt. Brinda Karat, Chief Guest, Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha is surprised to hear about several rapes for deaf women. She said she will do to support the rights of deaf women and protest against the rape of deaf women.

Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Guest of Honour, Member Secretary, National Commission for Women has explained her work and showed the powerpoint presentation about the goal & work of NCW.

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Location: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi    Activities: Dharna
 Information of Protest Against Rape of Hearing Impairment Girl

Peace Protest on 6th March, 2011 at Delhi on the deaf girl raped by Govt. Doctor in Bankura Hospital, Kolkota, West Bengal:-

About 200 deaf women/girls with 50 deaf men from only NCR gathered at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on 6th March, 2012 for the Peace Protest on the deaf girl raped by Govt. Doctor in Bankura Hospital, Kolkota West Bengal.

The plan was path breaking in its approach to the problems and needs of disabled people and the resolution of these issues. The Plan for the first time contains a section dedicated to the disabled population of the country, numbering approximately 6-7 % of the total population. We represent the deaf community of India, which is reported to be anything from 15 million to 18 million strong. Yet we find ourselves without the most basic access; witness the lack of provision of the post of interpreter and in fact the non-existence of interpreters for the deaf. No access to Government Services, not even Police, Fire and Ambulance, Government Hospital and private hospital or an officer of law without interpreters we are disabled.

The latest outrage perpetrated on the deaf community is the shameless rape of a deaf minor girl in Kolkata by a hearing doctor and action is yet to be taken against him. We demand in the strongest terms that the culprit be brought to book and proceedings him as accused be taken up.

NAD demands an urgent call to Government agencies, for a meeting to create access to justice policy and send them to all Govt. States. Each High court should begin by creating a pool of interpreters who will be able to available to the police and the court as per requirement to support he access needs of the deaf. This should be done immediately.

Our community has long been oppressed without adequate communication access and this dismal state of basic human rights in our country in the 21st century is unconscionable.

Demand:-

  1. Create a post of interpreter for the deaf as per High court order No.W.P. (C) No. 6250 / 2010 date of decision 24th November, 2011 (see attached).
  2. Pool of interpreters for the deaf to be established in each district of India.

Imagine life as a deaf person in the country. You cannot go to school; you cannot watch TV and God forbid if you have to go to the police station or hospital for an emergency! Imagine going to catch a train and not being able to hear the announcement that your train has been delayed or postponed or the platform number where the train was supposed to have come has suddenly changed! There are no visual announcements for deaf people!

Imagine being in a building and not being able to hear the fire alarm ring!

There are no visual emergency alarms!

We have decided that we have carried a 'Solidarity March' on Tuesday, 6th March 2012 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi from 11.00 AM to 2:00 PM. It was a 'Silent March' to protest against the Government's silence on our concerns. It was peaceful and orderly.

The Police men led Mrs. Geeta Sharma (Woman Secretary of NAD), Mrs. Rajni Khandelwal (North India Deaf Woman Committee of NAD) & Ms. Nirupama Kaul (C0-Worker of NAD) to meet the Secretary of Health Minister, India. They explained to him about the rape and there is no interpreters in Hospital. They demanded him to provide the human deaf rights. He said He will do it. After their returning, they announced to deaf women that the Secretary, Health Minister accepted our demands.

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Location: Delhi    Activities: Workshop
3rd National Workshop on the Grassroots Deaf Leadership

We organized conducting the 3rd National Workshop on the Grassroots Deaf Leadership on 18thFebruary, 2012 at Indian Social Institute, 10 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi. There were about 165 deaf members from all over the country participating in the Workshop. We have invited the special lecturers Dr. Madan Vasishta Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Administration and Supervision, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA), Mr. Sibaji Panda Lecturer (International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK) & Mrs. Ritu Panda General Secretary (Deaf Culture Society).

The workshop started with the welcome note by Mr. A. S. Narayanan, Secretary of NAD. He showed Mr. TKM Sandeep, Treasurer of NAD signing the Dignity on video to all the audience. The deaf people learnt the lessons about the Dignity.

Dr. Madan Vasistha Ph.D. has shared the experiences & opening of the ISLRTC and the powerpoint presentation about grassroots leadership.

Mr. Sibaji Panda, Lecturer has explained the Deaf Education in Bilingualism and Mrs. Ritu Panda has talked about deaf woman issues.

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Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh    Activities: Workshop
Report on the National Deaf Women’s Empowerment Seminar

The National Deaf Women’s Empowerment Seminar was held in NI-MSME, Yousufguda, Hyderabad on the 30th & 31st of July 2011, co-organised by Deaf Enabled Foundation (DEF) and National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The seminar was attended by 180 Deaf women from all over India.

30th July 2011 – First Day

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mrs. Anita Rajendra (IAS), Commissioner, Department of Women and Child, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The opening session was also graced by Ms. Meenakshi from the Disability Legislative Unit of Vidya Sagar in Chennai, Ms. Geeta Sharma, Women Secretary of the National Association of the Deaf, Ms. Swaroopa, from the Women’s Committee, Hyderabad Empowerment of Deaf Women and Mr. T.K.M.Sandeep, Chief Executive of the Deaf Enabled Foundation and Treasurer of the National Association of the Deaf.

The Chief Guest, Mrs. Anita Rajendra lighted the lamp and addressed the gathering of Deaf women. She encouraged them to aim and aspire for greater things and expressed her support saying that she would do whatever is needful for the betterment of deaf women. Ms. Meenakshi, Ms. Geeta Sharma and Mr. T.K.M. Sandeep also addressed the gathering.

Ms. Andalu, a Member of the Hyderabad Empowerment of Deaf Women made a presentation on the subject “Deaf Culture and Domestic Violence” following which she answered the questions of the participants. Following lunch, Ms. Meenakshi gave a lectured on the subject “UNCRPD and Women Rights”. In the evening all the Deaf women participants enjoyed a tour of the Hussain Sagar Lake. They enjoyed the trip thoroughly. It was a very happy occasion for them.

31st July 2011 – Second Day

The Second Day of the National Deaf Women’s Empowerment Seminar began with a lecture by Ms. Satyavani on ‘The History of Deaf Women’. Following this

Mr. T.K.M. Sandeep explained about the UNCRPD, the NHRC and the SHRC (National and State Human Rights Commissions).

After the tea break, Ms. Geeta Sharma gave a lecture on ‘Deaf Women in India’ and answered questions from the participants. Following the lunch break, Ms. Henrietta Decruz made a presentation on the ‘Fundamental Rights as given in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. After tea break, the participants viewed a film that creates awareness on Sexual Harassment.

After the main conference was over about 33 Deaf women leaders from both North and South India attended a meeting at a hotel where they discussed setting up a national deaf women’s association. Mr. T.K.M. Sandeep addressed this group of Deaf women leaders and gave them insights on this. The meeting went on for four hours. The Deaf women leaders also enjoyed a get-together after the meeting.

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Location: Guwahati, Assam    Activities: Workshop
North Eastern Workshop on Deaf Women's Right

The National Association of the Deaf organized a meeting on the 26th and 27th of March, 2011 in Bosco Reach out, at Guwahati, Assam. This programme was sponsored by the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai. The North Eastern Workshop on United Nations Convention on Rights of Person with Disabilities and Deaf Women’s Rights. The participants came from Manipur, Meghalaya and Assam. There were 42 deaf participants, both of male and female. A.S.Narayanan, Secretary of the National Association of the Deaf explaining to the North Eastern Deaf participants about the Acts that work as a regional legal safeguard for the persons with deafness and made a presentation about the UNCRPD. Smt. Geeta Sharma, the Woman Secretary of NAD also presented about the rights of the Deaf Women before the Deaf Women participants.

PRESENTERS

Presenters provided a unique insight and perspective into further legislative developments that need to be made in the area of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity for persons with deafness. Their expertise and experience from working in the field through National Association of the Deaf proved valuable insights into the achievements and challenges of establishing the North Eastern Region.

All participants and presenters possess the common value of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity. Presenters and facilitators represented State and District organizations in North Eastern Region.

  • All Manipur Association of the Deaf and Mute
  • Meghalaya Deaf Association
  • Assam Sports Council of the Deaf
  • Member of Assam Association of the Deaf.

PARTICIPANTS

The participants were reading the aims of the meeting. Participants included the representatives from the grass-roots Deaf Associations, such as IL Centers; Policy Level Disability and Human Rights NGOs; academicians and government personnel.

National Association of the Deaf would like to thank the sponsor Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, the deaf participants and volunteer students for their assistance in organizing the meeting. NAD would also like to thank all language and sign language interpreters of the Deaf for their skills in making this meeting accessible to persons of all linguistic backgrounds and the deaf.

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Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh    Activities: Workshop
Advanced Leadership Training & Women's Leadership Workshops

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) & Deaf Enabled Foundation (DEF),Hyderabad jointly organized two workshops, namely the Advanced Leadership Training Workshop & the Women’s Leadership Training Workshop on the 1st & 2nd of February 2010 in Hyderabad. Professor Madan Vasishta was the resource person for both the workshops.

Dr. Madan M. Vasishta was born in India. He completed his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Gallaudet University which is the only University for Deaf people in the world. Dr. Vasishta has worked in various capacities such as teacher, supervisor, program evaluator, principal and superintendent in several schools around the United States. He is currently a lecturer at the Gallaudet University.

Advanced Leadership Training Workshop:

There were 110 participants for the Advanced Leadership Training Workshop of which 70 were Deaf men and 40 were Deaf women who came from several cities around India. At the workshop Dr. Vasishta taught the participants about the relevant laws and the rights they could exercise to live better lives. He the informed the participants about various subjects including United Nation Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD),the American Disability Act (ADA) and Persons with Disabilities (PWD). He presented his observations on a comparative study of the American Disability Act (ADA) and the Persons with Disabilities Act (PWD) in India. He also made a presentation on the technology for the Deaf that is currently available and also those which will be available in the future such as Video Relay Interpreting, etc.

Dr. Vasishta conducted a group exercise in which six groups of 15 members each were given the task of discussing and suggesting what they wanted to include and change in the current PWD Act. Each group was then asked to prepare a chart with their suggestions. Following this there was a question and answer session for about two hours which addressed the queries of the participants. The participants found the workshop very good and empowering.

Women’s Leadership Training Workshop:

This workshop was attended by about 100 Deaf women leaders from all over India. During this workshop the women who came from different backgrounds shared that they felt helpless in almost every area of their lives. They shared that they had many complaints to make to their parents or schools concerning domestic violence, harassment, cheating cases related to property matters and sexual abuse.

Dr. Vasishta got the women to form five groups of 20 each and gave them the exercise discussing and writing down how the Deaf women could be empowered and how they could face their problems and find solutions to them.Most of the women expressed that there was a need for educating women about the laws and their rights, providing information on pregnancy, birth and health awareness and also providing awareness about abuse.

Dr. Vasishta then collected the charts and spoke to the women encouraging them saying that it was important for them to have knowledge of their rights and be educated about abuse and alimony. He emphasised that the women leaders played a very crucial role in the development of Deaf women.The video recording of both the workshops which were held in Sign Language are available.

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Location: Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Delhi    Activities: Workshop
The 2nd National Deaf Women’s Empowerment Seminar

On 29th and 30th August, 2009 The 2nd National Deaf Women’s Empowerment Seminar was held at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Delhi. The Seminar was inaugurated byMs. Geeta Sharma , woman Secretary of NAD, Mr. Zorin Singha, President of NAD, Mr. A.S.Narayanan, Secretary of NAD and Mr. Arun C.Rao, President of ASLI by lighting the lamp, Around 200 women from different parts of India participated on a large scale and made the programme a grand success.

Mr. A.S Narayanan welcomed all the participants. He explained about the laws and rights which are present to help the deaf to live their lives. He also talked about NAD and stressed on the fact that how all associations coming together for a cause constituted NAD.

Ms. Geeta Sharma spoke at length about the Shimla expose with the help of visual aid. She explained in details how the helpless children were exploited. In this regard Ms. Shilpa (Name Changed) who brought out the terrible crime to light was facilitated with an award for her act of bravery.

Mrs Roma Bhagat spoke at length about sexual harassment and how one should be aware of handling unpleasant situations at work place or at home. This was followed by a question and answer session which went on for about two hours and most of the participants queries were addressed to their satisfaction.

A presentation on the famous life story of Helen Keller,who even after losing hearing and vision was no less than any other hearing person was shown to the present audience.

In the seminar NAD’s board members were announced who have the potential of being our future leaders and who will create awareness among deaf people.. Women leaders are also very crucial for deaf women’s development.

WOMEN COMMITTEE MEMBERS (NORTH)

  • REENA JAIN ( DELHI )
  • SONIA CHAVAN ( GURGAON )
  • NEETU DONGRE ( BHOPAL )
  • RENU GUPTA (DELHI)
  • VANDANA VARSHNEY ( DELHI )
  • PRIYANKA JAIN ( JAIPUR )
  • MAMTA NAGPAL ( DELHI )
  • NIDHI SINGHA ( DELHI )
  • RAJNI KHANDELWAL (DELHI )
  • BELA CHITWADGI (BHOPAL )
  • ANU SAIGAL ( CHANDIGARH )
  • MONICA ISAAC (DELHI )

WOMEN COMMITTEE MEMBERS (SOUTH)

  • UMA DEVI (HYDERABAD)
  • M.SWAROOPA (HYDERABAD)
  • V.JANAKI (HYDEERABAD)
  • K.RAMA (HYDERABAD)
  • SWATI SOHONI (PUNE)
  • J.SRIMATI (CHENNAI)
  • T.VASANATH (HYDERABAD)
  • USAILAJA (VISAKHAPATNAM)
  • KAVITA JAYSING KALE (NASHIK)
  • MUNIRA GILANI (WARANGAL)
  • K.R. SHYAMALA (HYDERABAD)
  • T.R.V.SATYAVANI (VIJAYAWADA)

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Location: Indira Holiday Home, sector-24-b, Chandigarh    Activities: Workshop
3rd National Deaf Woman’s Empowerment Seminar

The 3rd National Woman’s Deaf Empowerment Seminar being held in Indira Holiday Home, sector-24-b, Chd, on 28th & 29th August, in which 75 Woman participated from all over the places i.e. Hisar, Bhopal, Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Dehradoon, shimla, patiala, Ludhiana, Abohar, Bathinda, and so on.

This seminar was presented by deaf woman, Mrs. Geeta Sharma from Delhi and Anu from Chandigarh. In this seminar, deaf woman were the volunteers and took care of all the arrangements.

On the first day, i.e. 28th August, the brief presentation was given by our special guest, Mrs. Veena, Lawyer of HRLN on the topic of ‘Domestic Violence’.

Then, on the last day, two special guest was invited to make this program more valuable, Ms. Manju Sharma, Gold medalist of Woman & Child Development, spoke on the topic of ‘Empowering the woman’ & ‘to access their rights’.

At the closing ceremony, Dr. Vinay Verma, MBBS, MD(Medicine), MBA(Hospital Management), Senior Consultant Physician from Alchemist Hospital, congratulated the deaf woman & wishing them all the success in their lives.

Their eyes and hands act as their voices. They cannot comprehend what you are saying neither would you be able to understand their expressions. But it does not make their life difficult.

There were hundreds of hearing impaired persons who had converged at the third national seminar on promoting empowerment of hearing-impaired women organised by a Delhi-based NGO, Deaf Way Foundation, at the Indira Holiday Home in Sector 24, Chandigarh.

At the seminar, attended by hearing impaired persons from different parts of the country like Bhopal, Pune and Hyderabad, the speakers were not only greeted in a different style, the participants waived both arms to express their desire to clap while welcoming the speakers.

Disclosing about their mode of communication, coordinator of the foundation, Era Walton, said, “I have been working with hearing impaired people for the past 27 years and I have been in Chandigarh for the past 10 years. Interacting with them is always a pleasure.”

Soon after the seminar concluded all participants gathered at the banquet hall to celebrate the birthday of one of their colleagues Geeta. Yet again the they raised their arms in order to clap as Geeta cut the cake and sang the “birthday song” in their own special way. The youngsters were excited to be with the people with whom they could relate and most importantly “communicate” as well.

There were different speakers namely Veena, a lawyer, and Geeta Sharma who tipped women on developing their personality and enlightened them on their rights.

It was party time for these impaired persons who were trying to capture every moment in their cameras.

Sharing her experiences with the hearing impaired persons, Era Walton asserted, “A couple of years back I had acted as a translator for a hearing impaired lady whose husband had deserted her after 20 years of marriage. The husband was not impaired. It was a learning experience.”

Being impaired makes these people more careful than us, shared Era, “Once I was in Kasuali along with this girl who was hearing-impaired. I was talking on the phone and trekking. She noticed that I might slip and held me and saved me from getting injured.”

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Location: Shimla    Activities: Meeting
Prerna Kids get help to nail Totu's paedophiles

It’s an absolutely horrifying case which took place at Shimla an NGO named Prerna was caught embroiled in a sexual abuse case... Prerna was established in 2003. There were 5 teachers, 4 male & 1 female at present 3 male teachers were staying in the hostel. The institute has 24 students out of which 9 deaf girls and 11 deaf boys were staying in the hostel. It was here where the atrocities that the staff was indulging are with the students came to light. 3 staff members along with the Vice Principal were found guilty of raping 6 girls in the age group of 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, and 22 respectively. A girl even became pregnant at the tender age of 18.

This incident came to light, thanks to the courage of a young girl named Shilpa (Name Changed). She was a student who in the month of March’2009 joined the organization. Initially the students were very shy and hesitant to open up the problems they were facing because they feared their teachers, but as she became closer and friendly to the other deaf children at Prerna she came to know about two things: Firstly the teachers were not trained and were not qualified to teach sign language. Secondly she came know that they were being imposed to sexual abuse. She then told her mother about the whole conspiracy going on at Prerna. She told police and arrested one principal, three teachers on 19th March, 2009

It was only after the culprits arrested that the extent of torture that the children had been exposed to became evident. The smallest girl was 13 yrs of age. Children were all traumatize as they were victims of sexual harassment. And the girl who had been impregnate by them 2yrs back was also present and underwent the same ordeal.

We met Mr. Shekhar (named changed) father of Aarti (named changed) victim who told us he had been a member of a club in the name of the same institution which was a big fraud. Apart from the government they use to charge money from the parents very often. This society was basically eyewash to show the parents the dedication and sincerity to their profession.

This is a very sad case that has come to everybody’s attention. It is very essential that something is done about and the law doesn’t set these culprits free. It is a shameful incident and we should ensure that their punishment is so harsh that everybody will think twice before doing such heinous crime.

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Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh    Activities: Conference Workshop
1st National Deaf Women's Empowerment Seminar 2008

National Association of the Deaf organised first National Deaf Women's empowerment seminar at AICUF Ashram, Shahpura on Sunday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm Around 172 women deaf participants of 16 states of the country took part in the programme.

The Special guest Shashi Nayak, social worker was inaugurated the seminar Arun . C. Rao, President of Association of Sign Language Interpreter. A.S. Narayanan, General Secretary of National Association of the Deaf, Saju Stephen, Joint Secretary, National Association of the Deaf, TKM Sandeep, Treasurer, National Association of the Deaf gave speech about the empowering to Deaf Women. Ms. Setina English and Seshane from USA gave a presentation about Deaf Empowerment.

Women in India was mostly feeling intimidated due to financial dependence and over bearing family. The reason for deaf women being unempowered is fundamentally due to poor education for the deaf community.

Deaf men are ill-equipped to cope with the stress of the modern life style with poor education and poorly paying jobs.

Financial insecurity, lack of understanding of mores and laws of society and no insulation in a sorry state of affairs for deaf women acros the country. The National Deaf Women's Empowerment Seminar is the first attempt to address the issues and problems faced by deaf women on a national scale.

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