GCAP Liberia as a national coalition works with crosscutting national institutions including women’s groups, groups for the physically challenged as well as for other marginalized groups such as victims of diseases such as Ebola.
The coalition works with these people in implementing various campaign activities so as to enable them make their voices heard in public spaces, as well as engage with relevant authorities and national policy makers. Workshops on poverty alleviation and inequality at selected institutions are also conducted.
Activities on Inequalities
Hosting of policy meetings with the national civil society council of Liberia, ECOWAS and other regional groupings and community based organizations – February to June, 2018.
Organization of mobilization workshops, trainings and seminars with marginalized groups and communities – June to September, 2018. Awareness-raising on poverty alleviation and inequality by engaging the media and relevant institutions and stakeholders – September 2018 to February 2019.
GCAP Libera mainly works with the following marginalized groups:
- Physically challenged: those who are physically challenged are frequently not accepted for employment and provision of other services because of their condition. They are mostly not given empowerment and capacity-building by those in authority or by institutions, regardless of their potential.
- Women’s groups: women over time have tried to break the barriers to ascending in leadership or authority. Locally, women are marginalized because most of them are uneducated and lack the necessary capacity and skills to engage at the national level.
- Youth groups: youth make up 65% of the Liberian population. Unfortunately, a large segment of the young people remain unemployed as a result of a serious lack of robust programs and policies for youth development and empowerment by those in authority.
- Ebola Survivors: survivors of Ebola are marginalized by many in their communities and areas of work and schools. Many children have lost their parents and relatives, making them unable to provide basic services for themselves, thus making their livelihood and survivability very difficult.