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Tayba's Story

Tayba Hamza Izo a deaf activist from Sudan

Tayba's Story.

Disability Activist, Sudan.

In Sudan, disabled women are discriminated against because of their disability and their gender.

We’ve partnered with disability activists in Sudan to help them access the tools, resources and support they need to make change. From trainings on strategic planning to leadership and decision making, these women have built their confidence and expertise in order to campaign effectively for women’s rights in Sudan.

Tayba's Story.

When she left school, Tayba had nothing to do but stay at home. This is something that we’ve seen a lot in our work in Sudan and in other countries. If you’re disabled, and particularly if you’re a woman, you can face a life at home, doing nothing.

“As a child my mother took me to the local school, but I couldn’t follow the teacher. The teacher said ‘she’s deaf, why have you brought her here? So, my mother took me to ‘Hope Institute for the Deaf’ where I studied up to 3rd grade. But after this I just stayed at home.”

A good friend of Tayba’s persuaded her to join the local women with disabilities’ association, one of the organisations whose work ADD International supports.

"I was surprised to see everyone signing together - I just sat and watched them. After a while I joined in, and later I joined the executive committee as the Finance Officer. I thought it would be difficult, but I soon
learned how to do it with support from others.

Since then I have experienced change. I have had training on skills like how to develop advocacy plans. I was trained to become a sign language trainer for other deaf people – I have already trained 2 people in sign language, and helped other members to become sign language interpreters. Now I can communicate more with other disabled women, not just deaf women. All disabled women now meet together monthly and do social activities together."

The future, for Tayba, suddenly looks brighter.

“Now I’m working and I have an income from making and selling handicrafts so I can make a contribution to my family: I’ve added to the family furniture, bought a fridge and painted the family house with the money I’ve earned. I've also had hairdressing training through the association and now I’m getting work in this area. I used to find it difficult to communicate with other people. Now it’s much easier.”

Igniting Change.

Disability activists are inspiring more disabled people than ever, to keep pushing for change to happen, for their rights to not only be recognized but enforced. They are the change makers for the future of disability rights, and we are very proud to work along side them.

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.

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