51: Hellen Beyioku-Alase on using her voice to help Deaf women in Nigeria

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As a Deaf woman in Nigeria, Hellen Beyioku-Alase heard stories about the discrimination in hospitals towards the Deaf community but it wasn’t until her first pregnancy that she experienced how bad the problem was. After being ignored in the waiting room and a difficult birth, she decided to advocate for Deaf women and girls.  We talk about her work to get sign language interpreters into hospitals and what she is doing so all Deaf women know their rights.

*This interview is conducted with a sign language interpreter 


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And Then Suddenly; Rising Voice(s)

This special series of episodes features conversations with partners from Voice. Based in Africa and Asia, these individuals -often leaders of organizations or small groups- are working tirelessly to ensure that their own voices as well as those they represent are at the table and not on the menu. The moments they share are their very own and the conversations are impromptu and candid.

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About Voice:
Voice is an innovative grant facility that promotes inclusion and diversity in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.  Voice is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and executed by Oxfam Novib and Hivos.

About And Then Suddenly:
The podcast about unexpected moments, writer Angela Santillo asks one question: What’s a moment that turned your life upside down?  Never knowing what her guests will say, the conversation takes twists and turns that go beyond our ordinary stories about big life moments.  Impromptu, funny, and always honest, this show explores what really happens after everything changes in an instant.


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