Enhancing Deaf Women's Economic Success

This girl-led project will take place in various cities across Canada, focusing on Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deafened and hard of hearing women aged 13 to 25.

Deaf girls and women have enormous barriers that impact their financial stability. Why? Because there is no information or guidance available from financial advisors in sign language format. Written information does not succeed because many Deaf women have weak skills in literacy and numeracy. The result? Many Deaf girls and women are at risk of poverty and financial exploitation. For example, the partner of a Deaf woman might put assets in his or her own name without the Deaf woman being aware. We know of one Deaf mother who got the family home in a divorce but she cannot sell it because it remains in the partner's name. She cannot afford to keep it, but she is not permitted to sell it. She's stuck.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf has launched a two year national project to reach out to these women and help them gain the knowledge and skills they need. We must provide $45,000 towards the funding of the project, so we are asking gofundsme viewers to help us get started with a goal of $2,500.

This project will:

→ Develop the capacity of girls and young women to identify and respond to barriers to the fulfillment of their economic potential. The project will also increase understanding of these barriers for participants and community partners.

→ Have more girls and young women taking on leadership roles to address economic issues in their community.

→ Create tools for use at the local level in order to engage and educate young women about economic prosperity.

→ Match participants with female role models, who will help them explore different options for gaining skills and experience relating to economic development and stability.

→ Deaf women will be directly involved with the project through Local Working Groups, which will be composed of girls and young women as well as partners and stakeholders and led by young women under the mentorship of experienced older women.

→ Throughout the project, the Local Working Groups will apply what has been learned to the delivery of girl-led, action-oriented and community-based projects.

Thank you for your support!


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