Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Young people in Liberia launch Keep Your Promises

Liberia Youth WASH Coalition is a group of youth-led organisations geared towards campaigning for youth recognition and participation in minimizing water sanitation and hygiene related challenges. Here, James Koryor, their Inter-Sector Coordinator tell us about their launch of Keep Your Promises in Liberia:

In commemoration of World Toilet Day 2012 in Liberia, the Liberia Youth WASH Coalition and partners organized a Keep Your Promises Hearing in New Kru Town.

The Hearing brought together over 200 participants including representatives from the Government Ministry, CSOs, local officials, women and youth groups as well as students and other stakeholders to discuss and put forth concrete recommendations. 

We aimed to remind the government of Liberia and other decision makers to keep all of their promises and work towards achieving universal access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water. We wanted to create a platform where citizens could interact with decision makers thus reminding them to keep all of their promises made in ensuring safe water and sanitation are accessible to all. 

Importantly, we also planned this Hearing to campaign for youth recognition and participation in tackling the sanitation and water crisis.

The meeting started with a presentation and was followed by speeches by some of the participants. We also had a question and answer segment to discuss government commitments and how we can ensure these commitments are kept and many  young people asked insightful and challenging questions to the decision makers. Finally, we screened a documentary to further highlight the  water and sanitation issues in Liberia to all decision makers present.

261 people signed the KeepYour Promises petition at the Hearing to call on our government to keep its promises on sanitation and water.

The Hearing was covered by both the print and electronic media including the National Radio Station ELBC, SKY TV, SKY FM, Daily Observer News Paper, Inquirer News Paper and the Women Voices News Paper. We definitely made our voices heard!

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