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,...
  • Symbolic gestures: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
  • Contacts: for any question related to October 17.
  • Toolbox: poster, concept note, documents of reference, videos,...

Select a country to see what took place the previous years

Monaghan, Co Monaghan - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Felt Against Poverty - Fashion Show

Event report

Event description

Following a series of felting workshops, Failte Isteach is organizing a fashion show where participants will become models to demonstrate their masterpieces and highlight ways of tackling poverty around the world. the event will start at 7.30pm.

YWCA Monaghan
Monaghan, Co Monaghan

Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal - Friday 06 October 2017 - the Annual Sleep Out

Event report

Event description

North West Simon Community will raise awareness on the United Nation's day for the eradication of poverty during their sleep out on Friday 6 October. 

Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal

Dublin - Monday 23 October 2017 - Poverty of Opportunity: Education as a pathway to a better future

Event report

Event description

Misean Cara will host a public event in Dublin to showcase the work of four Irish missionary organizations to focus on the impact of development work on alleviating poverty, through the themes of education, health, sustainable livelihoods and human rights.

Wood Quay venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices

Clara, Co Offaly - Thursday 19 October 2017 - Open Night

Event report

See video

Event description

A Sculpture will be unveiled to commemorate the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The events starts at 7pm with special guest Ronan Scully

Clara Community and Family Resource Centre
Clara, Co Offaly

Mymensingh - Tuesday 17 October 2017 - With my own two hands I can change the world, and tell a message

Event report

We just had a nice time together this afternoon to celebrate Oct 17, in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

We were together, staff of Mati and a group of young students from the neighborhood, some from families in poverty, who are volunteering with Mati.

We first watched the video of playing for change, twice because many "like", after an introduction to Oct 17 meaning, by Lenen Rahaman, founder of Mati.

Then the group of students proposed everyone present to print our colored hands on a big banner and to write a message.

Lots of fun, lots of happiness, togetherness.

Some of of the message say:

-"You are not born poor, poverty is a problem of society, forget who is poor or rich and come forward together to solve it"

-A proverb: "We walk together, no matter if we win the game or not"

-"Only the poor feel the pain of the poor"

-"Come forward together to love them, those who don't even know that this day is for them"

-"We cannot say poverty is not the problem of the society"

-"The color of life can be changed any time"

-"We must stand at the side of poor people"

To know more about Mati Bangladesh:

Event description

-Introduction to Oct 17 meaning
-Video "With my own Two Hands, I can change the world", by Playing for Change
-Print our coloured hands on a big banner and write a message.

With MATI Bangladesh, ATD Fourth World, and students from the neighbourhood.