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,...
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  • Highlights: activities, messages, significant gestures,...
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Delhi - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Conserve India marks the World Day with New Initiative

To mark 17 October, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, Conserve India launched a new training project for a group of refugee women in tailoring and embroidery. Supported by UNHCR, the project aims to enable women to improve their income livelihoods.

Born of a desire to reduce India's mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and support some of Delhi's poorest in the city's slums, Conserve India carries out a recycling project for thousands of plastic bags that cannot be composted or recycled locally.

Today, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi's most disadvantaged communities to clear their streets of the plague of plastic bag waste. Once the waste bags are turned into HRP products they are sold for profits which can be spent in those same communities on education and welfare programmes.


Sofia - Saturday 20 October 2018 - The Bread House Sofia, Bulgaria - Baking the World Day Together

Every month, the Bread House Sofia organises the Solidarity Bread Making Workshop. It is an occasion to prepare bread for the Solidarity Club Sofia, but also a chance for people from different backgrounds to meet, discuss and discover one another, beyond their social differences, beyond charity, through a direct communication: Mixing people by mixing ingredients.

The Wednesday before the event was 17 October. This is a very special day: Everywhere around the world, children, young people and adults meet to say "Stop Poverty". It is the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

One person living in poverty from Quebec, Canada, wrote: “On October 17, it's our day, for us people living in poverty. A day where, thanks to a series of actions in different countries around the world, we remind our fellow citizens that we are here and we must now think, decide and act together. In summary, we could say: “We exist and we need you to recognize it."

One of the aims of this World Day is to encourage and deepen mutual understanding, solidarity and the shared responsibility of all individuals and groups from different backgrounds. This year, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty has as its theme: "Let us together build a world full of respect for the human rights and dignity of all."

That’s why, while making bread, we draw in the flour and discuss what does it mean for each of us to live in dignity and to have a decent life.

Below are some of the ideas expressed during the Bread Making Workshop. While the ideas were spoken, it is important to write all of them, as they have been drawn in the flour:

- To have dignified labour and to work in an environment in which we are recognized, so that we feel equal and are not exploited;

- To live with love, peace and freedom;

- To have a voice, equality of opportunities and personal freedom. People should be able to choose what they want to do. They don’t need help. Poverty is a global problem, not a personal one;

- To be able to live in peace and freedom with dignified and honest labour;

- To have a decent wage;

- To have a decent life is to choose the right way, which isn’t the easiest way;

- To experience small pleasures;

- To live in unity, because everything is connected;

- To have equal opportunities for everyone, the freedom to search or explore, to think and discover meanings and passion, and to share that with others;

- To have equal access to education;

- To have friends, to think together with people living in poverty, to cooperate with and help out others;

- It’s not being alone, to give a hand to one another, and to start by talking to each other;

- To have faith in others;

- We aren’t victims, and we have choices;

- To have the freedom to say the things we believe in and to take responsibilities for that, as well as having loved ones and friends;

- To have choices and different paths open in front of us. It’s important to feel that different choices are open to you.

- To feel empathy and solidarity.


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 held a march followed by a block party together with the community members. Enjoy these beautiful photos!

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


New York
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Chennai - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Children's Theatre Performance

Event report

Our small NGO, Shabnam Resources, celebrated this World Day of Human Dignity with our big team of 220 children who began this campaign from October 14th until 17th 2018.

Most of you know that India is ruled by a caste system which is hierarchical and where, unfortunately, some high caste elements do not follow the message of respect for the dignity of all.

The sad part is that children are often the most affected by this.

The dissemination of our message of inclusion, dignity and respect was done in Chennai through group discussions, street theaters and games.

We share with you a photo of our team.

Event description

Shabnam (meaning 'the first refreshing rains after a dry spell') Resources is a registered NGO in Chennai, India, which focuses on community welfare measures, education, livelihood and medical support for children from rural and semi-urban areas. 

To mark the World Day on October 17, Shabnam will organise a children's theatre performance on the theme of human dignity and respect.