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Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

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Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Rights into Reality: Human Rights in a Fairer Scotland

7th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty


Monday 17 October 2016

09:30am  – 16:30pm

Since 2010 the Poverty Alliance has been organising the annual Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty. This has become an event that brings together people with experience of poverty, community and voluntary organisations, activists, trades unions, policy makers and politicians, researchers: anyone with an interest in making a bigger impact on poverty.

More than just another conference, it is a forum where we can learn from each other, debate and plan action. 

In the uncertain context that now exists in Scotland and the UK for tackling poverty, this year's Assembly will look at what opportunities exist to push forward action to address poverty. We have joined with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland to focus human rights based approaches can be used to make progress.

A series of workshops will look at key areas where rights based approaches can be used to help tackle poverty and inequality. 

As well as sharing practical ideas and experience on using rights based approaches, the Assembly will also provide an opportunity to look the Scottish Government's new Fairer Scotland Action Plan and to debate how we can best ensure that new social security powers are used to combat poverty.

With the decision to leave the EU throwing a new shadow over our efforts to tackle poverty, it is more critical than ever to come together to discuss, debate and plan action to address poverty. 

The Assembly will take place on the annual UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and is part of Challenge Poverty Week 2017. 

Draft Agenda

Morning Session

10.00:           Welcome and Introductions

10.10:           Opening Plenary: Poverty, Human  Rights and Brexit

  • Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

  • Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge

  • David Martin MEP (tbc)

  • Dr Ima Jackson, Migrant Voice/Glasgow Caledonian University (tbc)

11.15:           Coffee & Networking

11.45            Fairer Scotland: Progress Update

The 6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty looked at how we create a fairer Scotland. One year on we will be looking at the Scottish Government’s new Fairer Scotland Action which came out of last year’s consultation. This session will be a participatory discussion looking at the opportunities that the new Action Plan provides.


13.00            Lunch & Poverty Alliance AGM

Afternoon Session


14:00            Turning Rights into Reality: Practical Experiences


1.       The Right to Health

2.       Securing Adequate Incomes 

3.       Getting Heard: the Right to Participate

4.       The Right to Housing

15.00            Break


15.15            The Future of Social Security in Scotland: Political Panel Debate

                    Including contributions from Jeane Freeman MSP (tbc), Minister for Social Secuirty and Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie MSP. Other speakers to be confirmed. 

16.30            Final summary and close

Thanks to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland for their support for this event.

Please note that reasonable travel and caring expenses will be reimbursed to individuals living on a low income.

To register for this event, please click here:

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street
United Kingdom

London - Saturday 15 October 2016 - Poverty = Discrimination: Live music with a message

Join us for a night of music and entertainment with a message.

Held at the renowned Jazzlive at The Crypt St Giles, this event marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Show your solidarity with people affected by poverty. Help us to challenge the negative attitudes held towards people who are experiencing poverty.

ATD FOURTH WORLD works in partnership with people affected by poverty. We are commitment to representing people living in poverty. We work alongside those we represent, as only together will we find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty in the UK. You can find out more on the night about our commitment to fighting poverty and if you would like to GET INVOLVED this would be the perfect opportunity to find out how.

Saturday 15th October from 7.30pm

St Giles Church Camberwell Church Street
United Kingdom

Norwood - Friday 21 October 2016 - Power To The Poor - Silent No More

The voices and struggles of low-income people will be at the centre of this unique conference. These voices have been ignored in the development of often harsh government policies.

Join us for two days of conversation, stories, and learning about ways to get active, at the only Anti-Poverty Week event organised by poor people!! We will be exploring the punishing, humiliating policies making life tougher for those out of work, and living in poverty, and how we can struggle together for justice and respect.

There will be a strong focus on the voices and insights of low-income people, whose views and experiences have been ignored for too long.

Featured sessions include discussions on unemployment, homelessness and housing, disability, Job Agencies, domestic violence, Work For The Dole, sole parents, Compulsory Income Management, climate change and poverty, and mental health and poverty.

This event will be held on 21st and 22nd of October.

For more information contact:

Pas Forgione

P: 0411587663 E: antipovertynetwork [dot] sa [at] gmail [dot] com W: Fb: Or:

Clayton Wesley Uniting Church Portrush Road

Mount Isa - Monday 17 October 2016 - Read.Know.Learn.Grow.

Promote the reduction of poverty in the community through reading which then in turns helps people complete education. This can  open up more opportunities for people through further training or job opportunities.

For more information contact:

Heather Alexander P: 0747498100 E: halexander [at] centacarenq [dot] org [dot] au

Civic Centre Lawns 23 West Street
Mount Isa

Glasgow - Monday 17 October 2016 - Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms

Our 17th October event will take place in George Square in Glasgow from 12pm-1pm around the commemorative stone. 

People with direct experience of poverty will speak aloud their testimonies in the centre of the city of Glasgow. 

Children will read aloud stories from around the world.  There will be music and singing and people will be invited to write a message of support for everyone living in poverty. 

George Square
United Kingdom