Girls Advocacy Alliance GAA Project - 2016 to 2020
The GAA project is a jointly implemented program in several African Countries. YACAN joined Plan International and Defense For Children International to roll out the project in Sierra Leone, Girls and Young women issues such as gender inequality, economic empowerment and lobby the government to ensure they review policies and laws that discriminate against girls and young women. The GAA project empowered YACAN to earnest’s it strength as a local Civil Society that built the capacity of young women and girls to eliminate harmful traditional practices through advocates on gender, education and right to economic empowerment. over 1000 young women from four communities in Western Area Rural and Urban were actively involved in project throughout the five years of implementation, the family Support Unit (FSU) of the Sierra Leone police and Child welfare Committee (CWC) established by Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs were trained on improved skills on the protection of children and gender, Community stakeholder’s and young people in our Community action groups with Soweis developing community bylaws to stop FGM practice in their communities.
Civil society lead major advocacy on Child Marriage Laws, Teenage Pregnancy, Gender Laws and Joint monitoring were conducted on government commitment to improve women and Girls issues in Sierra Leone. The GAA program was a successful project implemented by YACAN and other partners in Sierra Leone. This has contributed to the organization being more active on national issues as a major Civil Society Organization in Sierra Leone.