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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New Orleans - Tuesday 16 October 2018 - March at the 7th Ward, New Orleans, October 16, 2018

Together let’s build a world of respect for everyone’s human rights and dignity!

To celebrate October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, our team in New Orleans, Louisiana, held a march in the city's 7th ward where ATD Fourth World has been present for many years, followed by a block party together with the community members.

Enjoy these beautiful photos!

New Orleans
United States

Brussels - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) marks the World Day

This article describes how the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) marked the World Day on October 17 in various countries in Europe including Scotland, Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is the largest European network of national, regional and local networks, involving anti-poverty NGOs and grassroot groups as well as European Organisations, active in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It was established in 1990.

London - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Global Call to action Against Poverty Campaign (GCAP) for October 17

This newspaper article ('Independent', 17/10/2018) provides information on the Global Call to action Against Poverty (GCAP) campaign to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty around the world.

You can read the article here.

The GCAP is a worldwide alliance of over 100 national coalitions comprising charities, social movements, faith groups, trade unions, community groups, youth organisations and individuals that challenges the structures and institutions that perpetuate poverty and inequality.

United Kingdom

Dublin - Saturday 17 November 2018 - Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk, Ireland

Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

Custom House Quay - Dublin 1

Saturday 17 November 2018 - from 5pm to 5.45pm

In past years, All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland invited the general public and leaders of churches and spiritual communities to gather at the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone for a candlelit vigil. Usually the annual event was planned on the eve of the UN End Poverty Day (17 October each year).

This year, ATD Ireland plans the event on another very significant day.

On Saturday 17 November 2018, Ireland and all other EU Member States will mark the first anniversary of the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar calls among other things, for the protection of the right to Housing, Health Services, Education and a Minimum Income.

This very day is also special in 2018 as it is the eve of the 2nd Catholic World Day of the Poor initiated by Pope Francis in 2017. While ATD is not a faith-based organization, we value the potential role of churches and spiritual movements in the challenge to achieve the 17 Goals and the Leave No One Behind promise of the 2030 Agenda.

So on this event of 17 November, we aim to remind the Irish Government  that  it made a "Social Rights Promise" at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017.

We will also call on members of all churches and people of faith, christian or non christian, to join the global movement to End Poverty by 2030.

We invite you and citizens from Dublin to attend our symbolic candlelit walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay.

Church and Spiritual Movement Leaders, including the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin, will participate in the event.

During the 40-meters long symbolic walk, we will stop three times and read some short extracts of "Voices for Dignity" a book launched one month ago on the 2018 UN End Poverty Day.

A pdf version of the book is available here: Free hard copies will be available on the day.

When? Saturday, 17th November 2018 - Start 5pm - End 5.45pm

Where? Start at the Famine Statues on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Who? The walk is prepared by All Together in Dignity Ireland ( and other members of the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day (  

  • About the Pillar of Social Rights and the platform "Stand Up For The Social Pillar":  

  • About the World Day of the Poor: and

We hope you will be able to join us.

Nota Bene: If you would like to play a role in the walk (e.g. share a message on the EU Pillar of Social Rights, read a short extract of "Voices for Dignity" or invite people to pray or meditate whatever is your faith or church ) please let us know!


Sofia - Friday 19 October 2018 - Sharing Stories on Struggles Against Poverty, Sofia, Bulgaria

Event report

Ci-dessous le compte rendu de l'événement au marché des femmes à Sofia, en français. Il peut être lu aussi en bulgare en pièce jointe.

Cet événement s’est déroulé dans le jardin public situé au centre du Marché des femmes de Sofia.
Il s’agissait de donner la possibilité aux personnes travaillant et habitant autour du marché, comme aux clients du marché, de laisser un message à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale du refus de la misère. Cet événement était organisé par Pavillon 19 et ATD Quart Monde.

Chaque personne, enfants, jeunes ou adultes, était invité à écrire ou dessiner son message sur une feuille de couleur en forme de feuille d’arbre. Ces feuilles multicolores étaient ensuite suspendues à la branche d’un immense arbre, situé au cœur du jardin public du marché.
Sur cet arbre, des photos montrant des événements de cette journée mondiale à travers le monde étaient exposées. Ce vendredi 19 octobre, plus de 80 feuilles  d’arbres ont été accrochées, avec la participation de plus de 60 personnes, enfants et adultes. Ces feuilles  symbolisent la rencontre et l’expression de personnes qui n’en ont pas l’occasion habituellement.

Voici quelques uns des messages écrits.

Des enfants ont d’abord dit que la richesse, était d’avoir de l’argent, d’avoir une voiture. Puis en réfléchissant plus ils ont dit que ce qui les rendait riche était « des amis, des copains : aimer et être heureux avec les amis ».

A la question de savoir comment il voulait être vu par d’autres, un enfant a répondu « Je veux que le gens voient que je suis une bonne personne ».

Une jeune a dit « Ce qui me fait pauvre, c’est que je ne vais pas à l’école. Je dois m’occuper de mon petit cousin.»
D’autres enfants ont exprimé d’une manière qu’ils allaient à l’école. C’était leur richesse.

Des adultes ont dit « Ce qui nous fait riche, ce n’est pas le matériel, c’est la famille et les enfants ; rien de matériel».

Deux hommes ont eu des réponses opposées « Être riche, c’est d’avoir du travail » , « Être riche, c’est de ne pas travailler ! »
Cependant un enfant a rappelé : « Quand quelqu’un est riche, c’est qu’il a un toit pour s’abriter ».

Un autre homme, venu avec son fils, disait :
« - Comment les autres me voient ? Je suis une personne ordinaire ;
- Comment je veux que les autres me voient ? Comme un homme ordinaire ;
- Ce qui me fait pauvre? Quand mon enfant veut quelque chose que je ne peux pas acheter ».

Des enfants ont exprimé que: « la richesse, c’est d’être en famille, tous ensemble à la même table».
Un enfant a aussi exprimé : « Dieu me fait riche ».

La conclusion est venue d’une jeune fille de 12 ans, qui en regardant une photo d’un groupe vivant dans une zone d’habitats précaires en Italie, s’est exclamée : « Ils sont comme nous ».

Pavillon 19 est une initiative de la Maison rouge (Red House), centre pour la culture et les débats, qui travaille avec les communautés locales et migrantes qui se trouvent au Marché des femmes de Sofia, à travers l'art, la culture et le soutien psycho-social.

Lien sur ATD Quart Monde:

Event description

"The Tree" is an action in which children from the Women's Market in Sofia, their parents and customers of the market will create a symbolic space where they can share stories about the struggle against poverty. As a result of that encounter everyone who wishes can leave his or her own message written on the leaves of a big cartoon tree.

The action is organized on the occasion of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty which is celebrated all over the world since 1987 by the initiative of the Movement, ATD Fourth World. The International Charter for October 17 states that this Day provides opportunities to promote meetings that would not normally happen in everyday life between the poorest and other citizens, recognizing that the poorest are often the victims of multiple forms of violence everywhere in the world. The Day is meant to promote and demonstrate mutual understanding, solidarity and the shared responsibility of all individuals and groups from different backgrounds to defend the human rights of all, especially those in poverty.

The ATD Fourth World Movement was created at the end of the 1950s by Joseph Wresinski who grew up in poverty, and since then its members work to overcome poverty and to promote respect for the human rights of people living in extreme poverty.

Pavillion 19 is a space for play serving as a model of work with children from the Women's Market in Sofia through arts, culture and psycho-social support, initiated by the Red House Center for Culture and Debate.

Location: Women's Market Square,Sofia.

Time: Friday, 19 October 14h00 - 16h00