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

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Nsukka - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Radio commentary + time at the motherless babies' home

Event report

We can listen to the Radio commentary in the attached mp3 file.

And pictures from the visit to the motherless babies' home.

Event description

On October 17 in Enugu State, we are having a Radio Commentary on the Theme for the day, as well as spending time with the Motherless Babies at the Motherless Babies' Home at Nsukka.

In November, we shall be holding a Workshop in Delta State on the Theme of October 17 (the workshop arrangement in progress).

Nsukka
Nigeria

Glasgow - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Event in George Square and the City Chambers

Event report

Our 17th October event took place in George Square in the heart of Glasgow.  We had a small gathering around the previous commemorative stone that is embedded in the ground in George Square.  Everyone then  proceeded to the new commemorative stone, led by a young boy beating a drum.  We had couple of speeches and then two people unveiled the new commemorative stone.  The  new commemorative stone  sits inside a flowerbed next to a monument of Sir Walter Scott, a famous Scottish Poet.  So it is wonderful that our stone is in a prominent place for all to see.

Everyone then went to the City Chambers ( this is where Glasgow Councillors sit and make decisions).  There we heard from Children and Adults and there was singing by the local Lodging House Mission Choir.  Lodging House Mission is a place where homeless people go and get support.

Aiden, a young boy spoke  in the City Chambers about what makes children happy and another person read a testimony from someone in England about their harrowing experience of living in poverty.

The children had previously decorated a paper Kite with what makes children happy and adults wrote down what children need.  The kite was displayed in the City Chambers. People were also invited to write messages of hope and put them inside a balloon.

This event was not only to mark the 17th October, United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it was to mark the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.  We had many families that were involved in making the Kite and other families who have been coming to this event since 1999 when the first commemorative stone was inaugurated.  

One young 6 year old boy took his balloon and gave it to a person begging in the street.  

It was a wonderful celebration of the resilience of families all over the world who continue to suffer the effects of poverty on a daily basis. 

Tricia Mc C.

Event description

This year we will inaugurate the new commemorative Stone in George Square and then to the City Chambers to hear messages of children and adult.

Glasgow
United Kingdom

New York - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Messages from UN Secretary General, activists, children and ambassadors

Event description

Thursday, October 17, 2019

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Conference Room 2
United Nations Conference Building
New York

  • Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
  • Messages from human rights activists and children
  • 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.
Please RSVP by Friday October 11th at: idep2019.eventbrite.com
Please bring ID for security purpose.

New York
United States

Davao - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Convergence meeting of Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030

Event description

The Zero Extreme Poverty Philippines 2030 (ZEP2030) is a civil society-led movement launched in 2015 that envisions “Filipino families enjoying the fullness of life in sustainable communities”. Our collective mission is “to uplift one million Filipino families from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency by the year 2030.”  

ZEP2030 is a national coalition of multi-stakeholders working together through collective impact, with seven thematic clusters anchored on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: agriculture and fisheries, education, environment, health, housing and shelter, livelihood, and partnerships for Indigenous Peoples. 

Overall coordination is managed by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) which serves as the ZEP2030 Secretariat and International Care Ministries is the lead cluster coordinator for Health Thematic Cluster.

This year, we are moving towards consolidating efforts on the ground and linking organizations for convergence building.  The importance of coming together and synchronizing our efforts is needed more than ever to move us closer to our goal. In this regard, ZEP2030, in partnership with the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council-Ateneo De Davao University and the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. - Davao Region Cluster, cordially invite you to be part of the 1st Davao Convergence Meeting. This meeting, which coincides with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is an endeavor to gather ZEP2030 members and potential partners in Davao Region. 

This Davao Convergence Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 09:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Xavier Hall, 8th Floor, Ateneo De Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

Attached is a copy of the program and FAQ about ZEP.

Davao
Philippines

Ibadan - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Screening 'Slum Dog Millionaire' and discussion

Event report

October 17 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, between the hours of 16:00 and 20:00 (WAT), we gathered - as did many across the world - to mark the International Day for Eradication of Poverty. For us, #October17 provides a good opportunity to raise awareness on the extent of poverty in Nigeria and the world, (especially now that Nigeria has been named the ‘poverty capital of the world,’ with evidence suggesting that this status is being further cemented by the day). It was also an opportunity to further dismiss the myth that a poverty-free world is impossible, as many have been made to believe, and are so unable to imagine the possibility of - and take action towards ensuring - an end to poverty. I had the opportunity of moderating the leading panel (for the event) which featured two passionate people who have been working – for a while now – to help overcome poverty: Feyi Ijimakinwa is a broadcaster and a researcher at the Institute of African Studies, while Dr. Olukemi Aremu runs a foundation which currently cares for about 60 homeless children who live ‘under-bridge’ in the city of Ibadan. The discussion was centred on "Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty," which is the theme for the year.

The most striking point of the discussion, for me, is that poverty could either be situational or generational. People fall into the point at which access to basic needs becomes difficult not because they pray for it or because ‘they are weak and lazy,’ but because of circumstances and situations which too often than not are beyond their control. Once sunk into the vicious circle of poverty, there is then a great chance that they continue to sink deeper, to the point that it becomes transferable from one generation to another, unless there is a deliberate and concerted effort of rescue. Certain attitudes and addictions which may be observable among the poor – and which may sink them further into poverty – were identified as responses to valid aspirations which are not being fulfilled. It also became obvious from the discussion that the implications of the existence of poverty are burdens for the entire society, thereby making the responsibility for the overcoming of poverty a collective one for us all – as rich and poor, and as an indivisible human race.

Above all, yesterday was another day for us to remind ourselves the words of Nelson Mandela, that ‘wherever children, men and women are made to live in poverty, there is injustice.’ Recognizing the validity of the words of Marin Luther King Jnr., that ‘injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere,’ the opportunity provided by the moment was thus used in charging everyone to give attention to working in every little way possible to eradicate poverty, and to building a social system that protects people from falling into poverty and gives opportunity of rescue to those who may fall into it, so that someday soon we can live #AllTogetherInDignity.

Special thanks to Donald Lee, Anne-Sylvie and the entire ATD Fourth World team, and to Leye Komolafe, Adedapo Treasure and all of the crew members at the Thursday Film Series, for the great work that you do towards the building of a more just, more humane, more democratic future. Together, I believe, we can retire the existence of poverty in our world into the annals of history.

A short video (put together by Tobi Richards) which is a short excerpt from the hour-long discussion – which was followed by a movie screening and a general discussion – has been shared on my youtube channel. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/vfiv93tvKgY

#October17 #EndPoverty #ZeroHunger #AllTogetherInDignity #AfricansRising #AfricaWeWant #WorldOfPeace

Event description

With some of my friends who I currently join in organizing a movie club known as the Thursday Film Series, we will screen the movie titled ‘Slum Dog Millionaire,’ which will be followed by a discussion to be led by a small panel of four academics who have expertise on our subject.

We hope to use the opportunity to amplify the injustice of letting men and women, and especially children (in accordance with the theme for the year), live in poverty, and what we must all do to rescue all who are currently subjected to this dehumanizing condition.

The movie club screen movies every Thursday at the Drappers Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. It provides an accommodative space for critical reflection and intellectual engagement for all, while harnessing the power of art, with the hope of spurring men and women to take action in dealing with the issues we grapple with’ – such as extreme poverty. 

Gideyon Adeyeni and Leye Komolafe

Ibadan
Nigeria