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The Livity Project Officially Launched

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The LIVITY Project was officially launched on Tuesday, May 28, 2018 at The Hilton Barbados.

The initiative aims to strengthen Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) capacity in Barbados and the OECS. It is being led by The Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit in collaboration with the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE). The LIVITY Project is funded by the European Union.

In her remarks at the Opening Ceremony, then incoming head of the IGDS: NBU, Dr. Halimah DeShong noted that The LIVITY Project aims to create greater solidarity across CSOs that are organising for the interest of Caribbean youth, LGBTQ citizens, persons with disabilities, women and girls and the elderly, in order to create greater mechanisms for advocacy and influencing policies and actions while retaining and recognizing their individual mandates.

President of the Barbados Council for the Disabled, Maria Holder-Small, underscored the importance of being guided by an ethos of social justice.

“Our fight, which is aimed at decreasing or eliminating inequity, promoting inclusiveness of disabilities, and establishing environments that are accessible to persons with disabilities are all issues that require values that are the principles of social justice, and are no different to those that all CSOs fight for,” she said.

Luc Patzelt, Programme Manager Security, Human Rights and Civil Society at the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, reminded participants that inclusion was a process that involves all people, not just a number of 'special' persons, and that it was everyone's responsibility to break down existing barriers in society. He saw the project as being on the right track in getting everyone on board to tear down these barriers.

The first event under The LIVITY Project was a Groundings session on disability, led by the Barbados Council for the Disabled which ran from May 29-30, 2018. A policy forum is scheduled for December in St. Lucia.










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