Beauty Beyond Speech

by Save the Deaf and Endangered Language Initiative
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In our last report, you read how four deaf ladies who are survivors of sexual and domestic abuse earned for themselves the position of Ambassadors of the Beauty Beyond Speech (BBS) project and are otherwise called the “Faces of BBS”. They were trained as Community Advocates for one month and were paid a one-time training allowance. Their trainer was the Head of BBS Project – a seasoned advocate for girls and women empowerment and public speaker. They graduated with the passion and enthusiasm to commence their one-year internship as advocates against all forms of abuse against deaf girls and women in the Nigerian Deaf community. They were to leverage on their membership of the Nigerian Deaf community to reach out to other girls and women who are survivors of sexual abuse, to counsel them and if needed, provide skill acquisition training. This report is about the first skill acquisition training organized by one of the BBS Ambassadors to train four other deaf girls and women in Abuja, Nigeria.

Soon after their training, she decided that her learned skill would be a strong tool for her advocacy and intervention. She is a talented lady; creative in making African hair, and that would be her strongest tool as she sets out to empower girls and women survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. She does not have a shop of her own but will be grateful to own one. She does not have tools but will equally be grateful to be equipped with the right tools for her career.

Tools were provided, chairs and tables were rented, lunch and transport fare were provided for both the trainer and the trainees. Venue was the Zurich Garden Abuja. Four deaf ladies-survivors of sexual abuse were trained for two weeks on hair plaiting and styling. Record of participation and learning ability of the students was kept, to determine the best student, who would receive start-up kits at the end of the training. The students graduated on the 11th of September 2020, with some light graduation ceremony and students were issued certificates of graduation. Soon the best graduating student will receive the start-up kits before the end of October. See photos for details.

A tracking and monitoring plan is put in place to monitor the work progress of the best graduating student as she receives the start-up kits. This is to ensure that she is indeed making use of the tools to empower other deaf women survivors.

Other ambassadors are currently working on their different projects and we will bring you their reports as we go on. As we are preparing to participate in the forthcoming GivingTuesday, we hope to raise more funds that would keep the project running.

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The outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic brought a disruption of activities and negatively impacted life in many different ways. Nevertheless, it showed the world how to do things differently, and that includes us at the Beauty Beyond Speech project of Save the Deaf and Endangered Languages Initiative (S-DELI). Being one of the recipients of the $1000 from GlobalGiving in support of interventions focused on girls and women, we became equipped to launch the “Faces of BBS 2020” project which was recently conceived by our team of advocates.

Our Beauty Beyond Speech (BBS) project is designed to stop or at least curb all forms of domestic and sexual abuse against deaf girls and women in Africa beginning from Nigeria. For the past three years, we have engaged in several outreaches in the Nigeria deaf community, reaching out to victims of sexual and domestic abuse, and educating potential victims on what to do if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. However, never have we had deaf young women boldly come up to tell their stories until the making of the “Faces of BBS 2020”.

The “Faces of BBS 2020” is designed to select five deaf girls and women across Nigeria with personal experiences of sexual and/or domestic abuse, who would be trained through our virtual platform to serve as ambassadors of the Beauty Beyond Speech project for the next one year. The deaf women would be paid after the one-month training, after which they would be equipped to use their online platforms as instruments of campaign against sexual and domestic abuse against deaf girls and women, during which time they will continue to receive a stipend from our organization.

The call was made in April/May 2020, and seven deaf young women applied from whom four were qualified and were selected. The four deaf women are currently receiving an online training covering several topics on the issue of sexual and domestic abuse. Some of the topics include, “Sexual and Domestic Abuse among Deaf Persons”, “Advocacy for Sexual and Domestic Abuse”, “Community Based Advocacy”, etc. the training will end on June 29th and the candidates are expected to graduate to begin their individual interventions against sexual and domestic abuse for at least one year.

During their intervention, the candidates are expected to reach out to other victims, help them know how to craft their stories and personal experiences of abuse, they are also expected to help them know how to live above the social stigma associated with their experiences, so that they can in turn teach and help others.

The “Faces of BBS will become an annual program, raising more deaf girls and women to speak up against sexual and domestic abuses and at the same time live above their experiences. The young women currently being trained are expected to reach out to other victims and the number of identified victims is expected to grow in geometrical progression until a coalition of voices is formed to join the global campaign against abuse and violence against deaf women and women with disabilities at large.

Currently, the training is running smoothly and in addition to the stipend that the deaf candidates will be paid at the end, they are given money for internet data to enable them take the training with little or no excuses. However, we feel that the stipend they will receive at the end of the training (N5000) is too small and should be increased. Also, we are not yet sure how much stipend they would receive when they begin their campaigns, but we believe they do deserve more. All of this depends on how much funds we have, and we will gladly love to pay them more to make them feel fulfilled for doing this. When they begin their campaign, it would be the first-time people with their experience, from their type of community would be coming out with the story of their experience. We are indeed glad about the direction the project is going and would like to invest whatever we have into this project to ensure that it is a success. We therefore continue to seek your support.

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BBS Outreach, Lagos
BBS Outreach, Lagos

In 2019, Our Beauty Beyond Speech (BBS) Project was scaled up and was carried out in four Deaf schools in Lagos, reaching out to over 300 deaf girls. The outreaches largely featured workshops on how to avoid and report domestic and sexual abuse. Students were taught using posters, photocards and videos of people’s experiences. Students also received sanitary pads and other gifts during all the outreaches. With the little funds we received through GlobalGiving donations and other in-kind donations, we were able to put up a series of formidable outreaches.

Taking Lagos as a kind of pilot, we have decided to extend the Beauty Beyond Speech project to Jos in Plateau State, Imo and Abuja, while we try out a variety of strategies in line with what works for each place. In Jos, we would ask the deaf girls to write poems and articles, which narrates their possible experiences or other people’s; those who might want to represent theirs in drawings and paintings would also be allowed. Important people in the community such as politicians, the media, clergy, etc., will be invited to these outreaches to watch and encourage the students. Before the outreaches, our BBS Team would first coach the students how to craft and present their stories, they would work with the interpreting teachers.

In Imo, the BBS will take the shape of motivational speeches and workshops for the students. This was tried in the Secondary School for the Deaf in Imo State during our last Triple Action Project (TAP), 2019 and it was successful. In Abuja, we hope to incorporate the BBS Project in the Deaf Literacy Development Project, which is focused on developing deaf students in reading and debating.

With the continued reports of domestic and sexual abuse of deaf girls in the country and the government’s indifferent towards deaf affairs, we believe that deaf girls in Nigeria need the BBS project now more than ever and so the project also needs funding now more than ever. We hope to reach a minimum of 600 students in 2020 and collect as much personal experiences as we can with the aim of channeling our findings to the appropriate authorities.

In addition to the collection of personal experiences, we hope to use BBS project as a medium to empower deaf girls in Nigeria. We will do this through essay writing competitions, and other talent exhibitions that we plan to incorporate in the project, whereby the winner(s) will be handsomely awarded scholarships. The first BBS was of course lunched on this premise, but the essay was done by hearing people. After that we decided to make it a Deaf affairs.

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BBS Outreach in Ipakodo Junior and Senior Secondary Schools

On the 19th of June, our Beauty Beyond Speech [BBS] Outreach was held in Ipakodo Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, two of the 43 Schools for the Deaf in Lagos State, Nigeria. The outreach was held in collaboration with Awesome and Beautiful (A&B) Initiative, and that was the first collaborative outreach with them since the signing of an MOU with them. Volunteers from other groups also attended the outreach, plus our Parents Liaison Officer, who donated several packs of sanitary pads to the students.

Our Beauty Beyond Speech Project is designed to stop the domestic and sexual abuse of deaf girls (and boys) and since its launch in 2017, the outreach has been held in over a dozen Schools for the Deaf in Nigeria. In this outreach, as it is our tradition, students were given a talk on how to avoid and report any case of domestic and sexual abuse. The talk was given by Ms. Uchechi Opara, the Team Leader, while other team members played other roles that added value and color to the outreach. For instance, there fun games, led by the A&B group, and each organization had a team member, who introduced their mission and vision to the students.

There was a Q&A session after the talk and students received the sanitary pads from our Team, plus other gift items from Awesome & Beautiful Initiative. A select number of the teachers were assigned to work with the team – they ensured that the students participated in the outreach attentively and quietly too.

However, the outreach suffered a setback which we considered a major one – the team was not allowed to take pictures with the students and to video record the event, as has been our tradition. This was as a result of the administrative change that happened in the two schools recently, that brought two new principals who were not familiar with our operatives, who insisted we get a fresh approval from the Ministry of Education that would allow us to take pictures. Team members appeared to be disturbed by this development because it was unexpected. Nevertheless, the program was carried out, although the planned follow-up visit is yet to take place as at the time of writing this report. There has been discouragement among team members resulting from the last outreach because we were not allowed to take pictures.

Pictures shown in this report are those taken by team members by themselves outside the classroom.

ollaboration with Awesome and Beautiful (A&B) Initiative, and that was the first collaborative outreach with them since the signing of an MOU with them. Volunteers from other groups also attended the outreach, plus our Parents Liaison Officer, who donated several packs of sanitary pads to the students.

Our Beauty Beyond Speech Project is designed to stop the domestic and sexual abuse of deaf girls (and boys) and since its launch in 2017, the outreach has been held in over a dozen Schools for the Deaf in Nigeria. In this outreach, as it is our tradition, students were given a talk on how to avoid and report any case of domestic and sexual abuse. The talk was given by Ms. Uchechi Opara, the Team Leader, while other team members played other roles that added value and color to the outreach. For instance, there fun games, led by the A&B group, and each organization had a team member, who introduced their mission and vision to the students.

There was a Q&A session after the talk and students received the sanitary pads from our Team, plus other gift items from Awesome & Beautiful Initiative. A select number of the teachers were assigned to work with the team – they ensured that the students participated in the outreach attentively and quietly too.

However, the outreach suffered a setback which we considered a major one – the team was not allowed to take pictures with the students and to video record the event, as has been our tradition. This was as a result of the administrative change that happened in the two schools recently, that brought two new principals who were not familiar with our operatives, who insisted we get a fresh approval from the Ministry of Education that would allow us to take pictures. Team members appeared to be disturbed by this development because it was unexpected. Nevertheless, the program was carried out, although the planned follow-up visit is yet to take place as at the time of writing this report. There has been discouragement among team members resulting from the last outreach because we were not allowed to take pictures.

Pictures shown in this report are those taken by team members by themselves outside the classroom.

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BBS Outreach
BBS Outreach

Earlier in 2019, our Advocacy and Outreaches Team decided to scale up the Beauty Beyond Speech (BBS) project in Lagos. Beauty Beyond Speech is a project brand of S-DELI designed to stop all forms of domestic and sexual abuse against deaf girls and women in Nigeria. The first BBS Outreach in 2019 was held at the Junior Secondary School, Ikeja with a population of 33 deaf girls, age, 13 to 20.

The outreach which began at 10:30 had all the 33 female students in attendance. After a brief introduction of S-DELI and what it stands for, the students received a general teaching on how to avoid and/or report sexual and domestic abuse against them during the sensitization and awareness session. The students were also informed about the readiness of Team S-DELI in working with the victims through the process. Signed language interpreting services were provided by two teachers from the school on a volunteer basis, although they were given incentive after all. The students were also admonished on the need for them to develop self-esteem and confidence in their capacities notwithstanding their challenges. During this session, young girls were asked to share their career dreams. While some indicated that they wanted to become doctors, lawyers, others fashion designers and related entrepreneurial positions.

The team used pictures and graphical illustrations to talk about sexual violence the dangers of teenage pregnancy and the challenges it poses for young girls of their ages and disposition. The class was given an exercise to explain what they had seen in the illustration, only two girls were able to do so, using sign language. The team also pledged to provide support for young girls, who have been victimized one way or the other. The team called on the school authorities to do their part in supporting their project, provide an enabling environment for the young girls to express themselves. Packs of sanitary pads were distributed to the students for personal hygiene.

Having seen and heard of the impacts the BBS Project is making in the lives of deaf girls in Nigeria, an upcoming NGO, Awesome & Beautiful Initiative decided to collaborate with us in furthering the project even beyond Lagos State. The Awesome and Beautiful (A&B) team has reached out to corporate bodies for in-kind incentives and gifts to deaf girls during the outreaches. While counseling follow-ups are ongoing in Ikeja to reach out to the students one-on-one, subsequent outreaches are being planned with other schools and the Lagos State Deaf Women Association within the year. Reports of these program will be brought to you as soon as the programs are carried out. Our target is to have at least one outreach in one moth followed by counseling follow-up visits.

BBS Outreach 2
BBS Outreach 2

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