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Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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Glasgow/Edinburgh - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Challenge Poverty Week - 17-23 October 2015

17-23 October 2015

More than 900,000 people in Scotland live in low income households. In a rich country like ours this is unnecessary and unacceptable.

Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise you voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across. Organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week last year, and we hope even more get behind it this year. 

The main aims of the week are to:

  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes about exist about it;
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to combat poverty 

We are encouraging as many groups and individuals to get involved in Challenge Poverty Week by organising activities or taking part in activities organised by others.

For more information look at the link:

United Kingdom

Townsville - Saturday 17 October 2015 - Face of Poverty in Townsville

Face of Poverty in Townsville, Queensland

Australia 12 Wickham Street, Townsville 4810

9am -5pm

During Anti Poverty Week our team will be collecting a variety of stories of people experiencing, or who have experienced poverty. Once we have a collection of photos and stories this will then be produced into a booklet and/or brochure and release publically. This will be released after Anti Poverty Week as an outcome of our events.

Australian Red Cross

Kate Jacka P: 07 4753 0644

E:kjacka [at] redcross [dot] org [dot] au kjacka [at] redcross [dot] org [dot] au

12 Wickham Street

Co. Mayo - Friday 16 October 2015 - Information talks

5 information talks in the Over 55 Club to promote change and highlight  awareness of poverty. Information mornings will be open to the public with speakers from different organisations showcasing how poverty is affecting different people in different ways throughout the country.

Professional cookery demonstration displaying international foods in context of family budget restrictions and perception of a “poverty dish”. This will highlight how hardships due to poverty and deprivation are addressed in other countries.

For more information, please contact: amaughan [at] moyvalley [dot] ie

Cathedral Road, Ballina IRD North Mayo/ West Sligo LTD
Co. Mayo

Johannesburg, - Tuesday 13 October 2015 - Paint it Purple Campaign

A self help group comprised of the parents or caregivers of children with disabilities and facilitated by local NGO Afrika Tikkun has launched the Paint it Purple Campaign to educate the community and challenge stigmas around disabilities.

In this large informal settlement, the stigma attached to disabilities can be overwhelming. Some mothers of children with disabilities decided to fight stigma and ignorance with this "Paint it Purple" campaign run by — atOrange Farm.

They chose to paint their homes purple, decorating the walls with images of their children, inviting others to engage in conversation with them about differences.

“Stigma and superstition are perhaps the greatest challenge to those living with disabilities in South African communities,” says Jean Elphick, Manager of local NGO Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Programme with Children with Disabilities and their Families.

According to Elphick, focus group discussions with families have revealed that while the physical and practical challenges of living with disabilities are huge, it is the social exclusion which families battle with most.

“Many people still believe that those living with disabilities are cursed, bewitched or not even human,” Elphick explains. “The result of this is that such people – and particularly such children – are often abused and maligned”.

Since June, the group has arranged to paint one family’s house purple each month. The purple houses each have a mural designed to celebrate the child living there.

“The outcomes so far have been extraordinary,” says Elphick. “Not only have the murals prompted open conversation, questions and understanding, but group members have met people who, until now, have kept their children with disabilities hidden from the public.”

On the 13 October, another 15 families will paint their houses.

To find out more about Afrika Tikkun’s range of programmes for holistic development, visit or emailinfo [at] afrikatikkun [dot] org.

Arekopaneng Centre, Orange Farm,
South Africa

Dublin - Monday 12 October 2015 - Workshops at the NWCI

NWCI will have a series of workshops focusing on the intersection of income poverty, time poverty, and the implications for women in precarious work, lone parents and carers. 

The workshops will explore the lived experiences of participants from the relevant target groups who are experiencing poverty and develop a creative interpretation of their stories.

The three workshops will take place in late September and early October with a media activity to promote the artistic interpretation of the stories on 17th October. 

For more information, please contact: niamha [at] nwci [dot] ie

100 King St N, Dublin 7 National Women’s Council of Ireland