In the run up to International Women’s Day on March 8th we are posting the stories of some of our inspirational female Young Voices campaigners. Here’s Ashura’s story:
Ashura is 21 years old and has a hearing impairment. She recently attained a Diploma in Law from Inoorero University Nairobi. An ambitious lawyer in the making, she is a passionate advocate for the rights of people with hearing impairments and other disabilities in Kenya.
She has taken part in many campaigning activities, including leading a group of Young Voices campaigners to visit the Communication Commission of Kenya and advocate for sign language interpretation services during news segments on television. She also ensured that during the Kenya at 50 years celebrations there was a professional interpreter in the stadium and in local television stations.
Ashura was recently crowned as Miss Deaf Kenya 2013/2014. She has been travelling around the country sharing information on disability and assuring young girls that disability should not come in the way of achieving their dreams.
Last August, Ashura travelled to London to work shadow Cherie Blair QC. This opportunity came about as a result of a letter from our Chief Executive, Clare Pelham, who wrote to Cherie Blair and a number of other inspirational women in the UK on International Women’s Day last year, asking if it would be possible for a young disabled woman to shadow them for a day.
Ashura, as the only Deaf law student at her university in Nairobi, was excited about meeting with a prominent barrister with so much experience of human rights law. She said: “Cherie told me that nothing should be done about disability without involving people with disabilities”.