Deaf Women Economic Emancipation Program (DWEEP)

Posted August 27, 2015 from South Africa
DWEEP women including Government Representative and Mentors
Photo was taken after the launch of DWEEP.
Masiphumelele Designers
Masiphumelele Designers : This work was done by women who own a beading business based in the informal settlements of Masiphulele in the Western Cape Province. (1/23)

On the 27th September 2014 45 Deaf unemployed and employed women attended the lauch of Deaf Women Economic Emancipation Program (DWEEP) in the Khayelitsha township, Western Cape Province.

The main objective of DWEEP is to empower unemployed Deaf women and young women who aspire into becoming social entrepreneurs in the craft that they are passionate of and to create an environment that will enable self employment initiative programmes.

The ultimate goal of the DWEEP program is to have sustainable and progressive economic resources that would empower deaf women notwithstanding the fact that able bodied women will also partake in the program, to encourage and promote inclusivity and colloboration in our communities.

DWEEP would only become a reality and sustainable if there is a strong point of reference, institutions and information centres that will serve as a beneficial resource especially when an immediate assistance is required i.e access to funding, training opportunities, mentorship and skills development. Furthermore DWEEP aims to empower women with tools of leadership and economic emancipation.

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Liz Poulsen
Aug 27, 2015
Aug 27, 2015

Thank you for sharing with us the inspiring work that your organization is undertaking. The pictures of the crafts are beautiful! Is it interesting to me that both deaf and able-bodied women are participating in the program--perhaps other organizations could learn from this inclusive approach. Please continue to share your activities, it is inspiring to us all!



Aug 28, 2015
Aug 28, 2015

Hi Liz 

Thank you for the support. Change is coming in our communities particularly the business community. 


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