Theme for 2018
Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

There are a few changes on the October 17 page for this year.

On this page you will find:

  • Testimonies: messages from people living in extreme poverty,...
  • Presentation: the meaning of the Day, its spirit,...
  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
  • Contact us: for any question related to October 17.
  • Toolbox: poster, concept note, documents of reference, videos,...

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Adelaide - Friday 20 October 2017 - Attack Poverty, Not The Poor Conference

Join us this Anti-Poverty Week for two days of conversation, stories, and learning about ways to get active, an 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.

Transport Assistance and Childcare available.

WHEN: Friday October 20th, 10am-4:30pm, Saturday October 21st, 12pm-6.30pm
WHERE: Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, corner Portrush Road and The Parade, Beulah Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/363406017408633

To read more about the Anti-Poverty Week Australia: http://www.antipovertyweek.org.au/

corner Portrush Road and The Parade Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Beulah Park
Adelaide
Australia

Rockdale - Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Moneycare Day

A time when community members can discuss difficuties they experience with representatives from Centrelink, Sydney Water, Energy.

philip [dot] white [at] aue [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

To read more about the Anti-Poverty Week Australia: http://www.antipovertyweek.org.au/

432 West Botany St The Salvation Army
Rockdale
Australia

Nsukka - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Celebration with people with special needs, people in poverty, and local government

Event report

There was an awareness programme on the streets, shopping complex and government field.

The Governor of Enugu State was at Nsukka. We carried out the awareness programme walking from Enugu Road to Odenigbo Street where the Government Field is situated.

Event description

Celebration at Nsukka on October 17 at the Local Government. Participants include people with special needs and people in extreme poverty who stay at certain areas of the town, as well as school children, and others. The celebration will take place with the Local Government Chairman and wife gracing the occasion.
Programme will include stories of change, success stories.
We are also going to run some radio programmes and church announcements, as well as visit the motherless babies home.

Nsukka
Nigeria

Glasgow, Scotland - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Gather, share, celebrate the 30th anniversary of October 17

Event description

Gather, share, celebrate the 30th anniversary of October 17 at George Square, 12 - 1pm around the commemorative stone with theatre, songs and testimonies from Glasgow and around the world, The event is free and open to everyone. It will be followed by a civic reception with the Lord Provost at the City Chambers.

George Square
Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

Dublin - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - National Community Gathering

Event report

Three videos of the gathering at the Stone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFNPV89-Fiw&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rujgW4kcF0&t=6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=Mh8Ih5DNuC8

For more pictures of the overall commemoration and of the Global Goals Boats: 
http://17october.ie/dublin2017/
http://17october.ie/ggboats2017/

For messages and statements: 
http://17october.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Highlights-Dublin-17-Oct-...
http://17october.ie/messages2017/

The Global Goals Boats

In total 17 schools and other groups of children, young people and adults prepared 17  Boats, symbolising the hopes generated by 17 Global Goals. The boats were made out of recyclable material and easy to transport and of course, able to float!  Each boat carried messages of hope from people  attending the event.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the hurricane Ophelia, only one school out of 7 who had prepared boats was able to attend the event on the Tuesday 17th October (School had been officially closed for the day). The launch took place as planned referring to the work of these schools around the country.

The boats launched into the Liffey symbolised the expression of our hopes and commitments to end poverty, fight inequality and act on climat change, the 3 main challenges of the 17 Global Goals.

Some messages

Children – We are from Rush and Lusk Educate Together and we have been working really hard to build our boat. Our boat represents Goal 6 clean water and sanitation and Goal 14, life under water. All our class have written down their hopes and wises on patches and we have sown them together to make a sail. We hope to spread our hopes far and wide to make this a reality.

Kayleigh – When we were building our boat with the young people in the Neighbourhood Youth Project 2 we asked them what they hoped for and when talking about ending poverty they went back to the basics such as they said they hoped that everybody, every kid has a pair of shoes to put on. They hoped that every kid could go to school and had a school bag. That goes right back to the basics and shows that it’s the small things that add up and we hope that our communities can work together and continue to inspire young people as they inspire us to work together to end poverty.

Filipe – I’m representing the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland. As an Organisation our main goal is to provide empowerment, justice, rights for all migrants that are living in Ireland. With our boat we would like to express our solidarity with all people who are experiencing social exclusion mainly migrants, undocumented migrants and fishermen. We wish to express and create pathways out of poverty in Ireland and throughout the whole world.

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Event description

A Message from Irish 17 October Committee

Dear contacts,

Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions created by #HurricaneOphelia, the 16 October "No Hunger, No Poverty Candlelight Vigil and Chain of Lights" has been canceled. Stay safe today!

Join us on tomorrow on End Poverty Day, Tuesday 17 October!

- in the morning: www.facebook.com/events/276138756225842/ - in the evening: www.facebook.com/events/1573226616033642/

Support the Thunderclap Now: www.thunderclap.it/projects/63316-ireland-let-s-us-sing-as-one

Thank you for your interest in our events.

Take care of yourself! Keep safe!

Community Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin, Ireland to mark the National 2017 UN End Poverty Day.

Workshops with messages of hope will start at 10am and the official ceremony with songs and testimonies will start at 11am sharp. 

17 Global Goal Boats will also be launched on the river Liffey at 11.30am.

Custom House Quay
Dublin
Ireland