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

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  • 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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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

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

Event report

Joined by 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

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.
Brussels
Belgium

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.

London
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: http://17october.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Voices4Dignity-WebVersionFinal.pdf. 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 (www.atdireland.ie) and other members of the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day (www.17october.ie)  

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

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union/european-pillar-social-rights_en

https://europeanmovement.eu/news/press-release-stand-up-for-the-social-pillar/

http://www.cecop.coop/Stand-Up-for-the-Social-Pillar-Strong-presence-and-interest-for-the-first  

  • About the World Day of the Poor:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/poveri.index.html and https://www.romereports.com/en/2018/06/14/pope-francis-presents-new-and-improved-world-day-of-the-poor/

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!

Dublin
Ireland