Hadiza Dairet Kasimu is the state chairperson of the Deaf Women’s Association of Nigeria and is advocating for the cause of people with disabilities.
On the day Hadiza was going to write her final exams in primary school she fell ill and before the end of that week, she lost her hearing.
Thankfully, a family member who heard about her case, enrolled her back in school with the support of her mother, who funded her education till the university level.
She has years of experience in various fields in community development and leadership, particularly advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, especially women and girls with disabilities.
Hadiza is the state coordinator of the Voice of Disabilities Initiative, and women’s coordinator for the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Nasarawa State Chapter.
She counsels women and girls in her local community on upright living, gender equity, and financial independence, and engages them in skills acquisition training, marriage counseling, breaking barriers, and securing employment opportunities, as well as encouraging women and persons with disabilities to participate in politics.
She holds a certificate course in Business Education and was part of the 100 young Nigerians to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016.
She talks about her work here.