Bernice Oyeleke is a Nigerian with disability, (deaf) and one of our prized writers at Inclusive News Network. She recently got international recognition by bagging the Health/Education Category of the 2020 edition of “Her Abilities Awards” – an international award which recognizes and rewards Women with disabilities displaying remarkable abilities in life and career.
The winners, chosen by an illustrious and independent all-woman jury drawn from across the globe, were announced by the organizers on Wednesday. In all, there were 124 nominees from 48 countries.
Congratulating Bernice, the jury captured her achievement succinctly: “She shows the success of deaf teachers, and, through telling the stories of other people with disabilities, paves the way to inclusion.”
Bernice Oyeleke is a passionate educational leader, NGO founder and author promoting Deaf education in Nigeria.
She is founder of the non-profit organization, “Luminous Deaf Scholastic Initiative” (LUDESI) and National Treasurer of the Deaf Teachers Association of Nigeria (DTAN). Oyeleke also serves as Chair, Planning Committee, National Literary Competition for Deaf Students.
Other winners at the awards were Gamze Elibol from Turkey, winner in the Arts, Culture & Sports category. Dr. Robbie Francis Watene, a disability rights activist from New Zealand won the Rights advocacy prize.
INN learnt that the winners received special congratulations from Doris Schmidauer, First Lady of Austria, and from an online global audience of influencers as part of the Zero Project Conference on 12th February 2021.
Congratulating the winners, the First Lady of Austria said: “All around the world, women with disabilities face barriers others don’t have to.
“Yet there are many women with disabilities in Austria and around the globe achieving brilliance in their work and lives.
“Thank you, Light for the World, for bringing to our attention the worthy winners of “Her Abilities Award” series and their major achievements.
“From the classroom, to the theatre stage, to the UN corridors of power and the coffee business…you are changing the world. My deepest respect and congratulations!”
The international Award was launched in 2018 by “Light for the World”, along with Right Livelihood Award winner and Ethiopian disability rights lawyer, Yetnebersh Nigussie.
Last edition’s winners were Nguyen Thi Van, Maysoon Zayid and Dr. Liisa Kauppinen.