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Deaf Women Appeal to Government to Improve their Education

While the rest of the world marks the International women’s day, deaf women in Uganda are still not seeing enough blackboards.

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While the rest of the world marks the International women’s day, deaf women in Uganda are still not seeing enough blackboards.

 

Busingye Bonnie, the chairperson United Deaf Women’s Organisation, speaking through an interpreter  Hope Agwang note that government is not doing enough to educate deaf women. Most of those who are studying get help from foreign based International agencies despite having free education through the Universal Primary Education.

 

Busingye says even though there are number of schools for the deaf, the children face challenges such as walking long distances to and from school thus the high dropout rate.

 

The attendance rate is also very low leading to low performance. Busingye who is currently doing her master’s from Makerere University says she does not even have a sign language interpreter because they come at a high cost.  

 

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Marking the day under the theme, “deaf women uniting for development”, Halima Akomele also speaking through an interpreter says they need more support to carry out income generating activities.

 

Akomele says deaf women have to sweat with very minimal earnings in projects that do not yield so much income. This is coupled with failure to compete for better paying jobs with the able bodied yet they have minimal education. They appeal for grants like poultry, cattle rearing among other vocational employment opportunities.

 

The International Women’s Day global theme for 2013 is the “Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.” Uganda’s national theme is the “Gender Agenda, Connecting grassroots women to development.”

 

However, Akomele says deaf women in the grassroots are still the most poor because government seems to have forgotten them.

 

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Sofia Nalule Juuko the national woman MP for disabled people says as much as they have the special needs education department, there is need for a specific budget vote for special needs education.

 

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She reveals that MP’s have also started up a parliamentary forum on quality education that focuses on needs of special needs education.

 

Nalule who is also the vice chairperson of the human rights committee in Parliament says she is going to encourage the deaf women write a petition spelling out  all their challenges and pray to government about their specific needs.

 

The deaf women also cite among other challenges the lack of family support which leaves them at risk and vulnerable to any life threatening situations such as rape and defilement. However, that is being reduced through human rights trainings that we give them information on where to go to protect their rights.

 

Like any woman’s dream to get married, deaf women most of whom are young say they lack parental guidance and those who do are left to struggle as single mothers after the men run away.

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