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,...
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Manila - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Commemoration at the Replica of the Stone

Event report

Enjoining government agencies and families from poor communities, the National Anti-Poverty Commission led an inspiring commemoration of the 2018 National Week of Overcoming Extreme Poverty, October 17 at the Rizal Park, Manila.

This year’s commemoration was organized in coordination with ATD Fourth World, the UN Development Program, the Manila City government, and the National Parks Development Committee.

We share with you some lovely photos from this memorable World Day to enjoy!

Event description

On October 17, the commemoration of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty will be held from 7 am to 12 nn in Rizal Park, Manila.

The program includes:  
-Remarks of by the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the Commission of Human Rights, ATD Fourth World and a keynote speech by Mayor Joseph Estrada,
-Theater performance as a message from communities, with governmental response, testimonies of people with experience of poverty, wreath-laying rites at the commemorative stone, and workshops for adults and children prepared by partners.

The commemoration has been prepared in different stages: 

On October 12, the official unveiling of 4 murals (see below) took place in the Roma Plaza Intramuros. The murals were created by young artists from ATD communities, Museo Pambata's outreach programs, and the NAPC. This was one of the events dedicated to the national commemoration of October 17 - World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, with Museo PambataNational Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

In the week of October 1 - 7, ATD members held forum meetings in communities to recall the meaning of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and to mobilize people to take part in the celebration at the commemorative stone in Ritzal Park, Manila on October 17.

On September 23, children from different backgrounds participated in art workshops in preparation for October 17. They created a collective mural representing the four pillars of an anti-poverty new policy which are:
-democratic governance and people participation;
-rural development and national industrialization;
-human rights-based approach of poverty reduction;
-social protection for all

On August 11, during an art and cultural gathering, youth from six communities from Manila and relocation sites made their own posters with a message for October 17, World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. The question asked to the youth was « What are you hoping for your community and society ? ». One message reads: "The community to be united and equal in all matters."

It was a great opportunity to know each other better, to discuss with young people about their personal hopes and hopes for a more just society, to learn basics of theater, and to participate in workshops.

Between July and August, adults could gather and express their thoughts about their daily struggles to make ends meet but also what is their hope for future. The topic discussed was the hike in prices of commodities and what effect it has on their families.

Manila
Philippines

Davao - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Urban Poor Lives Matter

Event report

Oct. 17, 2018 in Davao City, some of the Barangay Village Functionaries and Romeo Romeo Lagahit, member of the International Committee for October 17, pictured following a discussion on "Urban Poor Lives Matter" that involved different stakeholders, including people with the experience of poverty, local government representatives, and members of civil society.

Event description

Faces, Address, Connectivity

October 17, 2018, 1pm, at the regional office of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. Discussion among different stakeholders (representatives from the government, people organizations, civil society) on the topic: Urban Poor Lives Matter

October 17, 2018 Observance et the Replica of the Commemorative Stone to Honor Victims of Extreme Poverty (Located at: Agdao Creek Easement, Brgy. Leon Garcia, Sr., Agdao, Davao City.)

Juan Luna St cor. Jacinto St Conference Room PCUP Mindanao, Door 12, Pelayo Bldg,
Davao
Philippines

Plovdiv-Bulgaria - Tuesday 16 October 2018 - We are different but equal

Under the slogan "We are different but equal!", the children from Stolipinovo (one of the neighbourhoods of the City of Plovdiv-Bulgaria) drew the most important persons for them in their lives: their parents, their siblings, their cousins, their best friends, the person they love.

Then all the drawings were gathered and created in the form of a big heart. Today, this message is sent to all children and parents living in poverty in the world to tell them that they are not alone! 

Plovdiv-Bulgaria
Bulgaria

Clinchco - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Together, we can build a world of respect, human rights and dignity for all

Event report

Under the banner “Together, we can build a world of respect, human rights and dignity for all”, 60 people from different backgrounds, professions and faiths, and representatives of community and health organizations from around the county, were together on Wednesday October 17 mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Supported by a formal resolution by the Board of Supervisors for Dickenson County, and in the presence of Supervisor David Yates, the gathering in the Clinchco Senior Citizens Center, an annual event since 1995, was led by Ray Mullins, retired instructor at the Dickenson County Career Centre.

To link Clinchco to other events around the world, this message was read out in seven languages by the students from Notre Dame University in Indiana, presently with Mary and JR White at Binns Counts Community Center for a week of voluntary housing repairs.

Susie Devins, North American regional representative for ATD Fourth World, shared vivid examples of people who in the Philippines and in Kenya are defending human rights in their own way very locally. And she quoted Althea, a mother in New Orleans: “I could not walk by Lisa and her three children in the street when she had nowhere to stay, so they came to my place.

The day after the October 17 commemoration last year in New York, Nikole, homeless, shared a highly moving poem expressing the immense hope the event had brought to her. Nikole has passed away since. Sherri Stapleton from Kids Central in Haysi read out Nikole’s poem.

Can you imagine just one day when you can wake well rested, make your coffee and breakfast, get ready to enter the world in a visible way, not camouflaging yourself, fitting right in and knowing that for just one day, there’s an equal chance you too may win, all your losses begin to fade, because one day we are united to help poverty fade.

Ashley Knoskie, a single mother from the county spoke vividly of her path to overcome huge obstacles to train as a nurse. It’s a hard journey but anything you do that’s hard is worth it in the end. My message to young people: ‘Never think you’re not smart enough to do this or that. You can do it if you want it bad enough, and if you have people around you who believe in you.’

In a video recording presented by Lisa Skeens-Cornett of the Family Crisis Support Unit in Clintwood and Norton, a previously homeless mother explained her desperate efforts in both Virginia and Texas to secure a home for her family, protected from the insecurity of a succession of temporary accommodations, and the fear of a violent relationship.

People heard a moving testimony by homeless young adults in Ireland. And an inspiring video from Senegal showed how young people led a collective community effort to free hundreds of families from months of polluted water in their homes in a poor neighborhood in the capital Dakar.

Following these community-building stories, Edna Gulley from Clinchco read Eleanor Roosevelt’s narrative on human rights. Where after all do universal human rights begin…in small places, close to home. Eleanor Roosevelt, as Edna reminded everyone, had helped draft the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 70th anniversary falls this year.

Sr. Bernadette Kenny, founder of the Health Wagon, offered a spine-chilling reflection on the human cost of opiate addiction, now alarmingly threatening the health and stability of many families in the county.

Linda Dixon and Ron Kennedy provided a beautiful musical focus to the event. In a concluding collective gesture, underneath the message We are all human beings, participants attached to a large panel a paper silhouette representing a person or a group of people they think continue to struggle for recognition of their dignity and human rights.

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A complete recording of the gathering was made by Selena Culbertson, case manager for Medicaid recipients with Beacon Health Options. A copy of this is available via her personal Facebook page. 

Also see below an article about the Clinchco World Day commemorative event in the Dickenson Star newspaper, 24/10/2018.

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We share with you some photographs from this joyous October 17 commemoration in Appalachia.

Event description

PROGRAM of the commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Potluck meal 5pm

Commemoration at 5.45pm
-Welcome and introduction
-October 17 message read in English, French and Spanish
-Poem from Nikole of New York: Can you imagine just one day...
-Eleanor Roosevelt: Where do human rights begin?: 70 th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights
-Music
-Video testimonies from Hope House, Norton
-Testimony of young people in Ireland
-A song by Linda Dixon
-Video: Community building in Dakar, Senegal
-Testimony of a young person’s path to training
-An interactive gesture
-Reading together I bear witness...
-Concluding music and song

Clinchco
United States

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.

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