Theme for 2019
Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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Dublin - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Marking the World Day, Ireland

Event report

The National Committee for October 17 in Ireland marked the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Human Rights and Poverty Commemorative Stone beside the Famine Memorial in Dublin before a large audience comprising people in poverty and those who support them.

The event witnessed an artistic installation of 700 small stones surrounding the "Mother Stone" next to the Famine Statues. Each of these 700 stones carried a message of hope or remembrance and was created by citizens from deprived areas in Dublin and beyond. Nationwide teachers and students also prepared #WishingStones to “add their stone” to the Dublin October 17 Stone in a social media campaign.

In addition, at least 20 events in Ireland and abroad were held involving Irish citizens in the observance of the United Nations' International Day of the Eradication of Poverty. A National Programme for Ireland was prepared by the Irish 17 October Committee with the support of a grant from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection under the UN Day Awareness Initiative.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, wrote a message to mark the World Day which you can read in the pdf document below.

The commemoration event was followed later that evening in the Mansion House residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin by the launch of the book, Voices for Dignity, which  offers a collection of testimonies, photographs and speeches that collectively illustrate a visual and written history of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin. The launch included the singing of songs of freedom and dignity, and the reading of extracts from the book. You can download "Voices For Dignity" here: http://17october.ie/…/uploads/2018/10/Voices4Dignity-WebVer…

The National Programme had commenced on 9th October with the opening of the "Your Rights are Written in Stone" Exhibition  in the EPIC-CHQ Building on Custom House Quay and presentation of the 2018 End Poverty Day T-Shirt. The Exhibition was launched by David Donoghue, former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Seanie Lambe, Chair of the Inner City Organisations Network (ICON).

To view the full National Programme for events in Ireland marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, see the pdf document below.

We share with you some photographic memories of these inspiring events.

You can also find texts shared on that Day in an attached document.

Event description

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the laying of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin on the occasion of the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17.

Three major events will be held as follows:

1. Changing Hearts and Minds to Leave No One Behind

First Irish Leave No One Behind Summit: The Leave No One Behind Summit will mark Zero Hunger Day (16 October) and End Poverty Day (17 October). The Summit is prepared by All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD) with the support of Concern Worldwide.   The Summit is the final event of the 2018 'Leave No One Behind Conversations' series (visit www.leavenoonebehind.ie). The aim of the conversations was to engage Irish citizens in a public debate about ways to walk the talk of the promise included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (visit www.globalgoals.org and www.dccae.gov.ie) The event will be hosted by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on Tuesday, October 16. The Master of Ceremony will be Hugh Frazer, first director of the Irish Combat Poverty Agency and EU expert in social policies.   Possible livestream of the Summit on Facebook or Youtube. The hashtags for the event are #LNOBsummit #Ireland4SDGs and #LeaveNoOneBehind

To register, go to:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-2018-leave-no-one-behind-summit-tickets-...

For background to this event, see:

http://www.atdireland.ie/wp/lnobsummit/

2. The annual national community gathering marking the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will take place around the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin on October 17 commencing at 11.00am. This year’s event will be special as the participants will be invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Stone.

3. The anniversary commemoration will be followed later that evening by the launch of the book, "Voices for Dignity", marking 10 years of contributions by people resisting poverty and those that support them at the Stone in Dublin, as well as a sing-along, to be held in the Mansion House, Dublin at 7.00pm. Extracts from the book will be read and choirs will join the participants to sing songs of freedom and dignity. The event will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Niall Ring.  

Dublin
Ireland

Dar-es-Salaam - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Celebration of the World Day in Tanzania

Event report

The World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty was celebrated on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Mozambique-Tanzania Centre for International Relations (commonly known as the University for Diplomacy). It is a centre that trains people in diplomacy and international relations. ATD Fourth World Tanzania is connected with this centre through a teacher who teaches there and who also participates in research on ATD’s Dimensions of Poverty Research Project.

Approximately 70 people were present at the event: families, young people, friends of the Movement, representatives of this university centre, as well as representatives of public and non-public organizations.

At the heart of the event was the various testimonies shared by the families (see here for an example), after which the representatives of two associations, TASAO (Tanzanian Student Achievement Organisation), and IWAPOA (Iloganzala Women against Poverty Association) with whom ATD has links, as well as the local government representative of the sector where the office of ATD is located responded positively by sharing their own stories about how they are fighting poverty with people experiencing it.

As part of the celebration, the Tanzanian Movement Youth Group performed a play it wrote that tells the story of the oppression experienced by poor families and how the life of extreme poverty is intimately linked to disrespect for human rights: "The poor person is so fragile that he cannot even defend his human dignity or keep what he has most dear, or what he likes most”.

Music was also featured through a group of musicians named "JITAMBUE GROUP", a song specially written by a woman activist of the Movement, Mrs. Fabiness, as well as a modern dance performed by the group of ATD Young Friends in Dar es Salaam.

Another member of IWAPOA, who is a lawyer, said that thanks to the performance of the play, she was able to make the link between poverty and the violation of human rights. The speakers and all those present  in this World Day event were touched by what was shared.

The representative of the university invited ATD to return to the university to talk about the Movement, as many people there do not know about its unique philosophy and approach to the struggle of overcoming extreme poverty. He remarked that he himself had learned a lot from all the testimonies.

The representatives of TASAO and IWAPOA expressed their desire to meet the people who work in the quarries to chat with them and to see to what extent together we could imagine projects that could be of support to them.

Event description

The celebration of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty organized by ATD Fourth World will take place on October 20 at the Tanzania-Mozambique Centre for Foreign Relations, Dar es Salam.

Dar-es-Salaam
Tanzania

Salpiiga - Wednesday 19 December 2018 - Upper East Region, Ghana

Event report

Mr. Chairman, Our revered Traditional Rulers present, Hon Assembly men and women present, Elders of the communities, Circuit Supervisors present,Women’s group representatives, Youth group leaders present, School children Present Men and Women, Children and Youth groups present, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is gratifying to be offered this opportunity to host and deliver a speech on such an important occasion in the milestone of the Salpiiga Community and Bawku West District in particular.

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen our gathering today forms a foundation to provoke interest for future planning and development in Salpiiga and her environs in the Bawku West District.

This year’s Theme: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity” marks the 70th Anniversary of the declaration of human rights.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fighting poverty in Ghana and the Salpiiga community to be specific calls for a gathering of this nature to make analysis of the real situation on the ground to allow partners to offer technical advice and expertise with the local people themselves taking the lead to showing the way.

With a strong fight against many forces still ahead of this nation, Africa must weed out the corruption and poor government, and promote strong education and efficient healthcare for all, in order to take a big leap forward in its development as a continent.Kailey Brennan

If we want to change and create a better future and hope for the next generation, then we have to consider the following poverty eradication strategies;

  • Make education compulsory in the rural communities and allow the community members to monitor it.

  • Join hands in the fight against corruption from the grassroots

  • Empower the rural people through skills development

  • Respect for human rights

  • Have a revival of interest by changing our mentalities about life

  • Promote unity and solidarity among community members to support a peaceful environment

  • Promote agricultural development to create jobs and livelihoods for farmers and the landless.

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that generation. Let your greatness bloom” - Nelson Mandela

  • We hope to collaborate in working with the local people in the near future in Ghana to commence strategies that will inform local people how to fight their own poverty.
  • The organization will project a future where the children will access education to grow and fight poverty at their time. Education and knowledge is one pillar of hope to lean on. The Salpiiga school which was built in 1999 as a shepherd school will be 20 years in 2019 and calls for the community to participate in the renovation of the school and if feasible to add more infrastructure for the youth and children to excel education.

  • The roadmap starts with the local people who by yourselves will show the way and monitor the process to include an all together project built on transparency and accountability.

  • We encourage you to prioritize your own initiatives to combat poverty while we explore elsewhere for opportunities to fund self help projects in the Salpiiga community and her environs.

  • As a people we encourage you to hold your duty bearers accountable for the use of resources meant for development. Ask to be informed on the disbursement of the MPs Common Fund, District Assembly Common Fund and add your voices to work with the units of the assembly to develop the community.

  • Organise meetings with your Assemblyman to take your issues and present them to the Assembly. Do not forget to add timelines. Make follow ups and continue to lobby.

  • Report human rights abuses to CHRAJ, Domestic violence unit and other appropriate quarters’ for action.

  • Never sleep and allow poverty to weaken your future children and the next generation, wake up and cry for help but know what you need.

    In conclusion, we want to thank you all for making time to celebrate this important occasion in the history of human rights and the fight against poverty. May this gathering provoke a foot for thought in livelihoods approaches beneficial to the local people of Salpiiga and her environs. We are one people with a common destiny. Work together and create a human rights based development for the local people and keep asking potential donors when they are coming in to contribute in the development of the community and wait for them to answer.

  • Attached here under is the whole report.

Event description

In collaboration with Hope for All Children Development, an NGO working for the rights of children to education in Ghana, a commemoration of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will be held on October 17 in Salpiiga, in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

The event will involve the staging of a play/drama by school children, personal testimonies from people resisting poverty, addresses by local dignitaries, and a discussion to identify priority future actions. Hope for All Children Development had first become involved with people from poor communities in Salpiiga in 1999 when, with its partner organisation, Raleigh International, it built a school, and is now seeking to raise resources for its renovation.

Hope for All Children Development campaigns for the right of children to education, provides educational materials for less privileged children to attend school, organises after-schools programmes, and provides education to women on children’s rights, child labour and family planning.

For different reasons, the commemoration will take place in December, and not October.

Salpiiga
Ghana

New York - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Video: Commemorative Stone, North Lawn, United Nations Headquarters

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New York
United States

New York - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Video: Commemoration at the United Nations Headquarters

Event report

Video of the song "Be the Change", and Statement by UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres.

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Event description

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm in the UN Visitors' Lobby.

Program:
Dance and music
Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
Messages from people living in poverty
Statements by Ambassadors

At 2:45pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and solidarity around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty, located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens.

At 4:30 pm, please join us at the Fourth World House for a reception and to share your thoughts and impressions of the day.

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New York
United States