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Yuletide: DWAN wraps up 2021 in style, empowers women with disabilities 

TQM Report,

Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN), in collaboration with Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI) brought their activities for the year to a close with a befitting End of Year Party.

The party described as “Deafway Party” aside its main aim of bringing together deaf women and girls across the FCT to parry and celebrate the year’s achievements, it also came with component of  empowerment.

In an opening remark, erstwhile President of DWAN, Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase popularly known as “Mama Deaf” expressed her happiness at the opportunity to meet and mingle among deaf women and girls in the spirit of oneness. She prayed for the success of the event.

In a report sent to us from DWAN Secretariat, Mr. Lawrence Idemudia, Director, Social Integration, National Commission for Persons with Disability, NCPWD, commended the efforts put together by Mama Deaf who spearheaded the call for formation and establishment of DWAN since its inception in 2001. He praised her for the seeds she planted which have grown and are still growing.

Cross section of Deaf Women at the Party

The Director encouraged Deaf women to look up to Mama Deaf and other learned elders in the community and learn from them. He prayed DWAN continue to live long, saying “if DWAN dies, the hope and future of Nigerian Deaf women will die.”

During the empowerment session, four deaf women were beneficiaries of different kinds of support. While Mercy Adebayo and Blessing Ikwueze, received one grinding machine each, Fibi Bitrus was empowered with a sewing machine and Bethel Onyilo got a 50kg bag of Prime Flour for her catering business.

Chairperson of DWAN, Hellen Beyioku-Alase urged beneficiaries to make good use of the materials given to them as they will be monitored to know how well they are utilizing the empowerment opportunity.

Hellen, who is also the Executive Director of DWAI advised the women against selling the empowerment tools, adding that it is a big crime to sell these materials given to them freely by the organization.

The Empowerment items

The highlight of the get-together event was the presentation of gifts to some nominated members of the association whose contributions had brought positive changes and growth. They were duly recognized to encourage them and others to do more.



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