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Lifetime achievement award for Finnish deaf advocate

Liisa Kauppinen has been granted a Light for the World award for her long international career advocating for the rights of deaf people.

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Liisa Kauppinen has won an international lifetime achievement award for her work on behalf of deaf rights.

Finnish deaf advocate Liisa Kauppinen has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for her long international career campaigning on behalf of deaf people.

The award was given by the Light for the World group, an international disability and development NGO with the goal of creating an inclusive society.

Kauppinen, 80, has held many posts including executive director of the Finnish Association of the Deaf, a position she held from 1976 to 2003. She was also the first female president of the World Federation of the Deaf, a position she held in 1976-2006.

In 2013, Kauppinen was the first Finn to receive a UN Human Rights award, which she received for her work on behalf of deaf rights.

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