Liisa Kauppinen

Activist Type
Women's Rights, Human Rights, Disability Rights

Liisa Kauppinen, a remarkable individual, overcame the challenge of deafness that arose several years after her birth, rising to exceptional heights in both her career and advocacy. In 1995, she made history as the first woman President of the World Federation of the Deaf, following prior roles as Vice-President and Secretary; concurrently, she held the position of Executive Director of the Finnish Association of the Deaf. Beyond her roles in the deaf community, Liisa fervently championed women’s and women with disabilities rights, demonstrating her dedication to human rights. Her global impact is profound, evident in achievements such as integrating references to sign languages and deaf identity into the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Serving as a consultant for the United Nations, she collaborated extensively with its agencies on behalf of the World Federation of the Deaf, driving international projects and development initiatives across diverse regions. This effort led to her reception of the U.N. Human Rights Prize in 2013, a testament to her unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions to advancing the rights of the deaf and disabled. Liisa Kauppinen’s inspiring journey showcases resilience, advocacy, and transformative global change.

Artwork by
Alyssa Kalbus

This illustration of Liisa Kauppinen pays homage to her remarkable journey as a leader in the deaf community. The work is inspired by Finnish Folk Art, Traditional Art, and block prints. Kauppinen made history as the first woman President of the World Federation of the Deaf and was a powerful advocate for the rights of deaf people, women, and women with disabilities. Her efforts were instrumental in securing references to sign languages and the identity of deaf people within the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and she continues to be a consultant for the United Nations on these issues. Kauppinen's international projects have led to numerous development projects with deaf communities worldwide, and her contributions were recognized with the U.N. Human Rights Prize in 2013. This etching celebrates Kauppinen's legacy and is a tribute to her impact on the world.

Finland

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Population
5.541 million
Capital
Helsinki
GDP (PPP)
$42,654
Founded
March 29, 1809
Total Area
338,424 km2
Demonym
Finnish
Government
Unitary parliamentary republic
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