PROMOTING INCLUSION OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITY
In commemoration of World Day of Social Justice 2019, members of Youth Leadership Initiative for Social Justice (YLISJ), Inspired Youth Network(IYN) and African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC) visited the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs(LASODA) to learn about the Social Justice Inclusion policies and actions of LASODA as well as possible areas of collaboration with the agency. The group was received by the deputy director in charge of social development and integration, the head of monitoring and evaluation and the head of legal unit of the agency. They intimated the group of their activities in providing legal aid, security and protection, empowerment, employment and social services to People with Disabilities(PWD). Ahead of the 2019 elections LASODA stated that INEC has assured them of their readiness to attend to PWD registered voters as there will be;-special queue and preference will be given to them particularly albinos to avoid long exposure to sunlight. -PWD with vision impairment, and cannot read braille is allowed to come with a trusted guide. -braille guide will be provided for the vision impaired to enable them identify party logos -buildings housing the polling unit shall be easily accessible to PWDs. The information is cheering news on this World Day of Social Justice and a victory for Nigeria’s democracy. We therefore call on any PWD that has a PVC to come out and vote for the candidate of his/her choice on Saturday February 23 and March 9, 2019. To all Nigerian, African and World citizens … if you want Peace & Development, work for Social Justice
YOUTH INCLUSION ON POLICY DEVELOPMENT, PEACE AND SECURITY
The challenge that threatens the development of a nation include conflicts and insecurity, that is why at Youth Leadership Initiative for Social Justice we continue to drive initiatives that promotes youth inclusiveness as a nexus for peace and security. On the 21st of September 2019 we partnered with Inspired Youth Network (IYN) to organise the SPEAK! Campaign an annual event by Civicus Alliance. SPEAK! is a global campaign, coordinated by CIVICUS, to help give a voice to everyone, everywhere. We discussed “Amplifying Youth Voices in Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria” with some youth leaders on twitter proffering practical solutions in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
GIRLS’ MENTORSHIP- BREAKING ENCUMBRANCES AND LIMITATION IN LEADERSHIP AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (BELLE)
IIth October is International Day of the Girl Child. The 2019 theme of the Day was Girl Child; Unscripted and Unstoppable. The conversation on the empowerment of the girl child is one that is greeted with a lot of opposition in the African society. First, being that girls have been socialised to be relegated to the background and assigned the duty of playing second fiddle. Again, the girl child herself have been taught not to speak; to only be seen and not heard and to be at the receiving end of every conversation or issue. Our initiative is empowering girls to speak up and participate in their lives as well as make an impact on others. This years’ commemoration was an avenue for us to remind girls that they are enough and are able to achieve what they set their minds to achieve.
YOUTH REPRESENTING GOOD GOVERNANCE - ART FOR ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT
Gender responsive public service delivery and accountability are at the heart of development of every nation. The empowerment of young people to ask questions and hold their government accountable has helped drive anti-corruption. However, there is still inadequate transparency in public funds and expenditures, the budgets are not open. In August we partnered with Inspired Youth Network to train secondary school students on accountability called “Art 4 Accountability” Project. We collaborated with Inspired Youth Network as strong advocates of accountability in governance and gender responsive public service.
PROMOTING ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNANCE - TAX JUSTICE PROJECT
Tax justice should be a central concern for anyone working for social justice. The concept of progressive taxation that is, tax systems that generate sufficient public revenue, while ensuring that this revenue is fairly redistributed and focused on rebalancing economic and gender inequalities are espoused by YLISJ. YLISJ is collaborating with ActionAid in strengthening youths capacity to track how governments spend the tax revenue, to ensure that it reduces inequalities through their Youth Organising and Leadership (YOL) initiative. Between June and December 2019, as part of taking the advocacy to the grassroots we partnered with ActionAid Nigeria in mobilising youth in Lagos State through various engagements like capacity building programmes and sensitisation.