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          Dr Kauppinen is an internationally recognised advocate for gender equality amongst women and women with disabilities. Her work has been influential through her contribution at the national and international level, including the WFD, IDA, UN and its special agencies. Dr Kauppinen was instrumental in securing references to sign languages and the identity of deaf people within the CRPD, consequently advocating for deaf women’s equal participation and opportunities in society. In 2013, Dr Kauppinen received the UN Human Rights Award for her significant work. She has also been conferred with numerous professional honours.

          About the fund

          Deaf women and girls are often faced with systematic exclusion and isolation due to social factors, including communication barriers. To address this, Dr  Kauppinen Fund was established in 2015 to honour the relentless dedication of Dr Kauppinen. It's purpose is to fund activities focusing on the Deaf Community, especially deaf girls’ and women’s empowerment and to promote their rights and access to education. The core belief is that only with awareness and knowledge about human rights are deaf people, including deaf women, act, exert influence and overcome exclusion. 

          Sponsor Deaf Women in Developing Countries

          We are fundraising to sponsor deaf women from the developing countries to attend the 4th International Conference of the WFD in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2021 and the 19th WFD Congress 2023, Jeju Island, South Korea. In return, you will ensure that deaf women from developing countries have the opportunities to participate in the congress activities,including workshops, the WFD General Assembly, and the numerous scientific presentations, and subsequently transfer the knowledge to their local Deaf Community. 

          Proceeds from the fund will also go towards conducting sustainable human rights activities undertaken by the WFD such as:

          • Data collection on human rights situation of the Deaf Community
          • Production of accessible human rights materials
          • Capacity building training with human rights in focus