Timothy Egwelu

Health | Uganda

2022 New Voices Fellow


Timothy is the first (and apparently still the only) deaf lawyer in Uganda. He works on social inclusion as well as equitable court access for deaf people. He says marginalization of deaf people is rampant in Uganda, even though the country has officially recognized sign language. Marginalization “occurs when everyday decisions and policies that influence deaf people’s lives are decided without deaf people’s input – a practice that perpetuates systematic discrimination and creates barriers to development,” he says. Timothy wants to see more deaf representation in court, and universal access to sign language.