Jessikah Inaba: UK’s First Blind Barrister’s Story Inspires During International Women’s Month

by Gee NY
Jessikah Inaba. Image Credit: Asim Qureshi/LinkedIn

At just 23 years old, Jessikah Inaba has made history as the first black and blind woman to qualify as a barrister in the United Kingdom, marking a significant milestone during International Women’s Month.

“I always believed in myself from the start – there’s nothing about me which means this isn’t possible,” said Inaba, reflecting on her remarkable journey.

Inaba’s journey to becoming a barrister began at the age of 3 when she expressed her ambition to become a lawyer to her eye specialist.

Raised in a supportive environment, Inaba’s determination and self-confidence fueled her pursuit despite the systemic barriers she faced.

As a braille user, Inaba had to overcome numerous challenges, including manually translating extensive learning materials and advocating for appropriate accommodations at the university.

Despite these obstacles, she remained steadfast in her belief in her abilities!

“I know I can do this job really well, and the more people like me who go through training the easier it will become,” expressed Inaba, highlighting the importance of paving the way for future generations.

Inaba’s groundbreaking achievement serves as a beacon of hope for disabled students and inspires young girls of color to pursue their aspirations.

Now 25 years old, Inaba recognizes the significance of her journey and the impact it can have on others.

“I’m very proud but I do wish it had all gone smoothly,” said Inaba, emphasizing the need for continued progress. “I know I’m giving hope to others in similar situations.”

As International Women’s Month celebrates the achievements of women worldwide, Jessikah Inaba’s story stands as a testament to resilience, determination, and the power of breaking barriers.

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