International News: IFHOH Appoints Human Rights Officer
April 5, 2013 Comments Off on International News: IFHOH Appoints Human Rights Officer
New position – Human Rights Officer
The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People is pleased to announce that it has appointed Louise Carroll to fill the newly-created position as Human Rights Officer. After a competitive process, Louise was selected for this position to assist IFHOH and its member organizations around the world in its work with the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. IFHOH is an international network of organizations committed to advancing the access and human rights of persons with a hearing loss.
(See IFHOH.ORG for more information – a federation of organizations serving people with hearing loss.)
Louise Carroll, who is hard of hearing, is an experienced advocate for the disadvantaged and disabled. As CEO of The National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand, she works across sectors to address the issues and inequities facing the hard of hearing. A skilled negotiator and spokesperson, she has advanced their cause, whether working with individuals; strengthening community agencies; or addressing Members of Parliament.
She also chairs the New Zealand cross sector Deaf and Hard of Hearing Captioning Working Group and has spearheaded a Human Rights Tribunal Class Action for those seeking compensation for Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
In 1996 Louise was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for public services to New Zealand and she is currently completing a PhD on the marginalisation of New Zealand prisoners who have hearing loss.
IFHOH extends a warm welcome to Louise for undertaking a new challenge for IFHOH and we look forward to advancing our cause using the important CRPD as a tool for change.