International Committee for October 17: Appointment of Belinda Nugent
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International Committee for October 17


International Committee for October 17: Appointment of Belinda Nugent

October 13, 2014, Pierrelaye, France—We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Belinda Nugent 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.

Donald Lee, President of the International Committee, said “I am delighted that Ms. Belinda Nugent is joining the Committee. She has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to the spirit and objectives of October 17 particularly through her continuing contribution to the SAOL Project in Dublin and the October 17 commemorations in Dublin. Her experience, expertise and commitment to social justice will enrich and strengthen the work of the Committee. ”

Ms. Belinda Nugent, a native of Ireland, is currently a tutor with An SAOL Women's Project located in the inner city of Dublin. She first became involved with the project as a participant, successfully overcoming many difficulties and challenges in her life. She went on to enter the Access Programme in Trinity College Dublin where she completed a degree in social studies. Today, she is a valued member of staff of An SAOL reaching out and supporting women who live in isolation in the community. She has actively participated as a member of the women's group from An SAOL at the 17 October Commemoration in Dublin.


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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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SAOL is an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy and childcare. The SAOL Project’s on-going commitment to the women, children and community members of the North Inner City continues to develop, responding to the changing needs of the women who participate in our project with creativity and commitment. SAOL has worked over the last 19 years to promote the needs of female drug users and their children. SAOL recognizes that female drug users have needs that are not always recognised or met by the services they attend. It highlights the many extra difficulties that face women who use drugs, including the stigma attached to being a mother who uses drugs, fears about the impact drug use might be having on their children but also fears about losing children because of their drug use.