CAPACITY BUILDING OF DEAF WOMEN
The situation of Deaf women is challenging, Deaf women are discriminated and viewed negatively by society due to their illiteracy, they are unable to advocate for themselves effectively. This isolation prevents the women from accessing information critical to developing their socioeconomic well-being and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and crime. Many Deaf women and girls are more at risk of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) because they are less able to report cases.
It is due to lack of recognition of the need for health care providers and law enforcement agencies to have access to Rwandan Sign Language knowledge or interpreters. A large proportion of Deaf women and girls in rural areas have never learned RSL making it almost impossible for them to access information about their rights, GBV and strategies for prevention and responses.