International Committee for October 17: Appointment of Aye Aye Win
Aye Aye Win


International Committee for October 17: Appointment of Aye Aye Win

October 17, 2014, Pierrelaye, France—We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Aye Aye Win to the International Committee for October 17. The Committee was established in 2008 to promote and support the observance of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, observed on October 17th each year, which is recognised as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the United Nations.

“We are very honoured that Ms Aye Aye Win is joining the Committee,” said Donald Lee, President of the International Committee. “Her commitment to the spirit and objectives of October 17 is impressive. Through her work at Dignity International, which she helped to establish in 1999, she has defended the human rights of people in poverty, amplified their voices, and raised the visibility of their faces and struggles to the international level. Her experience, expertise and commitment to human rights, dignity and social justice will strengthen the human rights work of the Committee.”

Ms. Aye Aye Win is originally from Myanmar and now resides with her family in Strasbourg, France.  She is a co-founder and former co-director of Dignity International where she provided strategic vision, as well as programme and organisational leadership. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Network on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net), and was Vice President/ Member of the Board of Directors of Inter Press Service (IPS).


For more information, please contact:

Benoit Reboul-Salze, international.committee(a)

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The International Committee for October 17 was established in 2008 with the following goals: to promote the 17 of October as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, as recognised by the United Nations, uniting those who are striving together to end poverty; to promote the observance of the 17 of October in its original spirit; and, to promote opportunities where people from a variety of backgrounds, including those whose lives are most difficult, can work together in the fight against extreme poverty as a violation of Human Rights.
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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first celebrated as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty  at a major public rally held on the 17 of October 1987 in Paris, where one hundred thousand people from all backgrounds responded to a call from Father Joseph Wresinski, founder of ATD Fourth World, to gather at the Plaza of Liberties and Human Rights. On this day, a declaration was engraved on a Commemorative Stone proclaiming that extreme poverty is a violation of human rights and affirming the need for all people to unite to ensure that these rights are respected.
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In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed the 17th of October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since then, governments, local authorities, members of civil society and the private sector have recognized the importance of this International Day, which has become a key rallying point for a growing number of citizens and organizations from all backgrounds, in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
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Dignity International was founded in October 1999 at the Global Forum for Poverty Eradication organised by the Council of Europe. It was founded by the organizers, supporters and participating organisations of the Forum – including the Assembly of the Poor in Thailand and European Anti-Poverty Network who remain strong partners of Dignity International till today.  Between 2000 and 2002, Dignity International operated as a project within the Council of Europe, and in January 2003, became operational as an independent NGO – as a registered foundation in The Netherlands. In 2007, Dignity International is accredited with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. As at of April 2010, the organization operates from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.