This project seeks to educate and empower 500 deaf women and girls in Zimbabwe on their sexual and reproductive health rights through the use of sign language as a communication tool. The deaf have no access to information due to communication barriers as Health officials are not conversant in sign langauge.This has caused various problems such as as abuse,early pregnancies and STIs as well as HIV. Through the trainings they will receive,the women will be more equiped to lead better lives.
Currently we have over 1500 deaf women as members and this project will target 500.The government has acknowledged sign language as an official language but little has been done to use it and most health officials are not conversant in it.Use of brochures has not helped much as most deaf members are uneducated and their level of understanding of English is limited.The major problems faced have been early pregnancies in girls, STIs, HIV, sexual abuse, discrimination based on gender and violence.
Assod with the assistance of the family planning Centre trains these women on their sexual and reproductive health rights. The women and girls taught will also share information with friends or relatives. This project will reduce abuse, HIV/Aids new infections as well as reduce poverty amongst the deaf.
The project will educate and empower 500 deaf women and girls and also educate a further 500 plus males as the trainees will also be able to share information learnt. This will reduce poverty, HIV /Aids transmission, early pregnancy by girls.