- Title: Women with hearing loss in Gaza make animations to raise awareness
- Date: 22nd March 2021
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MARCH 18, 2021) (REUTERS) TEACHER EXPLAINING USING SIGN LANGUAGE VARIOUS OF JAZAR INTERACTING DURING SESSION TEACHER SHOWING CARTOON STUDENTS INTERACTING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ANIMATION TRAINER AT GAZA'S HEMAM,HANEEN KORAZ, SAYING: "The idea of cartoon films aimed to enable the girls to simulate their causes and ambitions and to send their messages artistically and creatively. Most of the girls had artistic skills, so from this point we had the idea, to make something simple with visual and audio, that expresses the issues that they want to deliver." TRAINERS EXPLAINING TO STUDENTS WOMEN DRAWING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic+Sign language) HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT, HIBA ABU JAZAR, SAYING: "I want to depend on myself and make movies to have my own income because hearing impaired people can't find jobs here, so maybe by making cartoon movies I can have income.: WOMEN DURING A WORKSHOP VARIOUS OF STUDENTS DRAWING
- Embargoed: 5th April 2021 11:48
- Keywords: Cartoons Gaza Hearing- impaired Sign language Unemployment Women
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Middle East,Human Interest/Brights/Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA003E560AQD
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- Story Text: A group of Palestinian women with hearing loss are using stop motion animation to make short films about their condition to teach children and raise awareness.
The eight women say they have few career options and hope animation will also become a source of income as well as an advocacy tool.
They have already made two short films - one about sign language and another advocating their right to work in Gaza, where unemployment stands at 49 percent.
The stories, they say, are meant to inspire hearing-impaired people to pursue their own goals despite any obstacles in their way.
The animation process is simple: the women design characters, draw the images on paper, shoot the film with their cellphone cameras using a stop motion application, and coworkers without hearing loss add the voices.
Hiba Abu Jazar, 27, who has enjoyed cartoons since she was a girl, said she was excited to make her own films and to teach others to do the same. She hopes the skill will help her find employment.
"I want to be self-dependent and make films so I can make an income. People with hearing disabilities have no jobs and no chances of finding jobs," Abu Jazar said in sign language through a translator at Gaza Hemam Youth Center where the training takes place.
The group's trainer, Haneen Koraz, said the project offered the woman a way to promote their cause and pursue their ambitions through art and creativity.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Fadi Shana, Mohammed Salem, Mohammed Shana)
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