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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Utrecht - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Poverty-Awareness Festival, Utrecht, TV Program Extract

Event report

During the week of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) in The Netherlandss organised a successful festival of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves.

This link shows an extract in Dutch from a TV program of the festival. The main elements of the program are:

- Link of the festival to the 31st anniversary of October 17.

- The importance of the World Day to overcome shame.

- Poverty is also about the way people can participate in society.

- A drama created by a group of young people on the topic of living with little money.

- A beautiful testimony of a young woman: "As a child I couldn't sleep because I worried for my parents living in poverty. You are aware ofnot being being stupid, and that your parents suffer from poverty, That awareness was more important for me than the fact of having nothing to eat sometimes, or not being able to pay for washing our clothes. The mental harm that poverty causes is great. I got out of poverty by studying and becoming a social worker: that gave me the strength to turn the negative things I went through into a positive asset to help others to know that 'I am someone', and to see their strength."

- A representative from an NGO supporting children to access art and culture.

- A local politician speaking about how financial support is possible for income and health issues.

- The final message: Let's not hide poverty. Talk to one another about poverty!

Event description

For several years, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has organised a festival week of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves. The festival will include a theatre play performed by young people about the role of money in their lives to he held on October 17.

The Coalition is also working on a booklet about how it feels to be poor, with poems, images and stories.

The Utrecht Poverty Coalition was established in 2008 and since then has joined forces with others to take innovative initiatives to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Coalition is a partnership of a large number of social organisations, initiatives and advocates. These include organisations in social care, social services, education, housing corporations, civil society interest groups, and churches.

https://www.armoedecoalitie-utrecht.nl/

Utrecht
Netherlands

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 Diplomacy University). 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

Bishkek - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - End Poverty Quiz Night, Kyrgyz Republic

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, the staff of the World Bank in Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic (formerly the Republic of Kyrgyzstan) in Central Asia held an End Poverty Quiz Night.

We were informed of this event by Christian Josz who works with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is a member of the Board of Directors of ATD Fourth World USA. 

Bishkek

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/306779356716018/

https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/2018/09/idep-2/

New York
United States

Dublin - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Photographic Gallery of Events, National October 17 Program, Ireland

The National Committee for October 17 in Ireland is proud to present a beautiful photographic gallery featuring a series of events from the National Program for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, which you can view here.

The images are from the following events:

- 40 Make Poverty History quotes on the Customs House Quay, Dublin, October 5 - 19.

- 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, October 9. 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 Netowrk (ICON).

- Message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty from the President of Ireland, Micheal D. Higgins, October 16.

- Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre in Granard, County Longford, celebrating October 17.

- The SAOL Project from inner city Dublin marking the World Day with a series of Poverty Post Cards.

- The Leave No One Behind Summit marking the World Day and Zero Hunger Day, Dublin, October 16 (including video message).

- Global Action Plan, Ballymun, Dublin, marking October 17.

- Arden View Family Resource Centre, Tullamore, County Offaly, celebrating October 17.

- The Cork Life Centre, Cork City marking the World Day.

- National Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone celebrating 10 years of the unviling of the Stone at the Customs House Quay, Dublin, on October 17 (including a short video).

- The Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) project honouring the UN Day in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a day of debates on the theme of “Conscious Cruelty: Social Security, the Economy and Human Rights” on October 17.

Launch of the memorial book, "Voices for Dignity", and an evening sing-along celebrating 10 years of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, at the Mansion House, Dublin, with special guests: the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of Human Rights and Equality, Bernadette Scheid, Deputy Ambassador of Belgium, and Camille O’Sullivan, October 17.

Development Perspectives organised their 2018 SDG Showcase event in Drogheda, County Louth, celebrating the actions of the 2018 year SDG Advocates from communities across Ireland, October 17.

- Opening of the concrete pathway in the "End Poverty Day Hope Orchard" in Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim organised by the Breffni Family Resource Centre followng the "Bench" workshop, October 24.

- Misean Cara (Irish Faith-Based Missionary Movement) marking the International Day with a seminar on "Tackling Forced Displacement: People, poverty and rights", October 25.

- The Offaly Traveler Movement Youth Goup, Tullamore, County Offaly, marking the World Day with a fashion show, November 1.

- National #Wishing Stones Campaign in Primary Schools (including videos).

         
Dublin
Ireland