Empowering Deaf Women: Health and Motherhood

Silvana Veinberg
Posted August 13, 2014 from Argentina
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If you were a pregnant woman or a new mother, and most of the information about women's health, motherhood, and raising children was inaccessible to you, would you be the best mother you could? The answer is clearly no - while there are of course many things that are natural to women as mothers, most of us need to be informed about many different things. It is important to learn about behaviors to avoid in pregnancy, or how to spot common childhood diseases, or what age is appropriate for starting certain foods. In Argentina, there were previously no materials available for deaf women about these issues. One of my favorite projects in Canales aimed to remedy this problem, by providing materials such as videos in sign language, and workshops to deaf women, about women's health and motherhood.

Canales developed two specific videos on this topic, "La familia en tus manos" (Your Family in Your Hands) and "Cuidarte está en tus manos" (Taking Care of your Health is in Your Hands.) The first video was directed towards deaf mothers and taught a variety of topics on pregnancy, women's health, childcare and family relations. The second video was specifically directed to protection from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. We also carried out a series of capacity building activities to accompany the videos and to train deaf women to give workshops in their own communities.

Currently we are hoping to update these materials and provide a new generation of deaf women with the tools they need to be empowered as women, as mothers, and as strong community leaders. We want to accompany the videos with workshops online, webcast seminars, Facebook groups and blogs where the participants can share their experiences and continuously access new information.

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Kristina M
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 16, 2014

Hello Silvana,

Thank you for telling us about these videos. I am sure that deaf mothers and mothers to be have found these videos to be helpful. Best wishes in taking this project to the next level by having online workshops and connecting the participants through Facebook groups and blogs.

Silvana Veinberg
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 16, 2014

Kristina, thanks so much for the comment! Yes, the materials have been very helpful and it has been a wonderful way of empowering deaf women as mothers and as responsible for their own health and well being. We are very much looking forward to the next step.

Ma. Guzman-Callano
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

Your initiative to educate deaf mothers and mothers to be is simply awesome! If they cannot hear, then they should "see" the messages. Actually visuals are more powerful and moving than what is written or heard. So carry on and produce more visuals!

Silvana Veinberg
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014

Dear Lydia, thank you for your comment and your enthusiasm! We think that this project is very, very important - deaf mothers should have access to the same resources as all other mothers.

JOY Eze
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Your Idea is powerful,it will go along way helping the women to learn and know what is happening around them.

coolasas
Nov 23, 2014
Nov 23, 2014

I work a lot with children and people with disabilities and I am sure these materials would be very useful to them and their families.

We have a lot of available tools for people to use but we don't have a lot of people that can accompany parents or generally the population how to use these many tools -- capacity building is very important and creating local knowledge base for now and the future.

Good luck on this endeavor.

D

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