In December 2020 when I first carried out my first step in empowering women with disabilities with digital tools it was like a dream . Then I joint world Pulse in February ary 2020 I read stories of works done by women in other parts of the world. I posted my first story on my first step to empowering girls with disabilities. I received so many motivating comments and some brilliant ideas. In March 2020 during the international women's day I carried out a training for 16 girls on the use of digital skills to enhance economic empowerment of these girls with disabilties. I trained them on how to sell their products online using digital tools such as Facebook and WhatsApp. It was also intended to reduce communication since many people don't understand sign language and communication was going to be non Verbal.
Since then I have trained another 9 deaf girl s on these same skills. We have also carried out refreshal trainings during which we evaluated to see what is working and what needs to be improved on. I am proud to say it has produced some remarkable impacts on the lives of these girls. Their livelihood has greatly improved due to the fact that they can now sale their products to many more people online.
During lockdown periods due to the pandemics and also ad a result of the sociopolitical crises they are still able to sell their products on like it was before the crises. Most of them are able to run a savings accounts in micro finances and some do save in their local meetings which will be given back to them with interest in December. With the onset of Covid19 we are able to use these digital skills to share information about the pandemics.
Also they are using these knowledge to be able to access information on safety tips on the current sociopolitical crises in the Northwest region. We have a WhatsApp forum for these girls who were trained and their other deaf peers. Thanks to the knowledge acquired.
Reports on Gender based violence for girls with hearing impairment has greatly reduced with the enhancement of sales using knowledge acquired from these training.
Coming from a country with a lot of myth surrounding perons with disabilities increased visibility of these girls on social media has greatly changed the perception of people about persons with disabilities as a whole.
I thank the entire world pulse sisterhood for their comments and suggestion on World Pulse platform and back stage which has led to all these impact created.
I am also highly humbled by all the brilliant ideas given to me by my mentor Judy Annet during my mentorship calls on how to maximise the use of these digital skills to create more impact.
In fact I am so moved to acquire more digital skills which I can pass to these my adorable girls so their lives can become even more better than what it is now. Passing on digital skills to these girls have become my joy and my passion.