CAPACITIES WITHIN THE WFD
Dr Liisa Kauppinen is one of the most important figures in the global Deaf Community. Having served in several of the WFD capacities since 1983, she acted as the following:
- Vice-President (1983-1987)
- General Secretary (1987-1995)
- President (1995-2003)
- WFD Honorary President (2011-Present)
- Volunteer with the WFD Secretariat (present)
PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL FORUMS
Dr Kauppinen has an unparalleled record of advancing the human rights of deaf people as well as recognition of sign languages. Over the past three decades, her work has been influential in raising awareness of deaf people and disabilities through these roles and international forums:
- Key participant in the negotiations with the United Nations (UN) Standard Rules on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
- Member of the UN Panel of Experts that supports the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability
- Leading positions in the Nordic Council of the Deaf and in the International Disability Alliance
- Consultative role to the UN and its speical agencies, as part of the WFD’s status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
ROLE IN THE ADOPTION OF THE UNCRPD
Notably, Dr Kauppinen was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006. The CRPD is the first ever international treaty within a human rights framework that acknowledges the linguistic and cultural identity of the deaf people through mention of sign language, deaf culture and the Deaf Community.
UN HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD AND PROFESSIONAL HONOURS
In 2013, Dr Kauppinen received the UN Human Rights Award for her significant work. She has also been conferred with a number of professional honours namely:
- Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2013
- Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 2004
- Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the Gallaudet University, USA, 1998
Other awards received include:
- UN Human Rights Award 2013
- Culture Award of German Association of the Deaf, Germany, 2012
- Honorary Award of Golden Medal of the Finnish Sport Association of the Deaf, Finland, 2008
- Highest award from the All Russian Federation of the Deaf, 2007
- Castbergaård Prize from Denmark, 2001
- National Awards from the Deaf Community (International Award), Sweden, 1998
- Edward Miner Gallaudet Award by Gallaudet University, USA, 1991
- Golden Cross from the Order of White Rose of Finland, 1989
The relentless dedication of Dr Kauppinen to advance human rights of the deaf people.
Deaf persons know their rights and are able to act and exert influence to overcome exclusion.
- Empower the global Deaf Community through Human Rights Projects the WFD undertakes.
- Equip as many Deaf Communities around the world are with knowledge of relevant human rights issues.
The focus group is targeted at the global Deaf Community, especially deaf women.
The proceeds from the fund will 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
For further enquiries about donating to the Dr Liisa Kauppinen Fund, contact WFD Development Officer for more information at email@example.com