Young Voices group adds expertise to national policy meeting
The Young Voices group in Freetown made a presentation at a meeting to review the government’s social protection policy led by the Leonard Cheshire Disability West Africa Regional Office. Over ten policy stakeholders attended including delegates from the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Social Welfare, National Commission for Social Action, National Social Security and Insurance Trust and Amnesty International. Their joint purpose was to identify gaps relating to disability issues, and to address these loopholes to achieve full inclusion in the country’s social protection policy. In his presentation, a member of the Freetown Young Voices group used data from the 2010 disability survey report by the Leonard Cheshire Disability/University College London research team on the socioeconomic status of persons with disabilities in urban areas. Meeting participants then used this material in planning the social protection policy document.