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

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Brussels - Wednesday 16 October 2019 - Going Beyond the Data – the realities of poverty in Europe

The European Parliament’s MEPs Cindy Franssen (EPP) and Pierfrancesco Majorino (S&D) and EAPN will host a Roundtable on the reality of poverty in Europe, organised together with ATD Fourth World, IFSW & Emmaus Europe.

This roundtable aims to help MEPs deconstruct myths and break stereotypes about (people experiencing) poverty, and to build their understandings of the realities of poverty going further than data and statistics.

The event will open with four case studies, bringing the voices of people experiencing poverty directly together with MEPs. The key questions that will be addressed are: What does poverty in Europe look like, and what are the key trends? What progress has been made on poverty levels in Europe in recent years? What role has the Parliament played in this? The European Parliament will respond in the form of interactive discussions.

The context is Europe’s ambition to leave no one behind while making the transition to a more sustainable, carbon neutral economy. People experiencing poverty will need to be protected during this transition, and economic and social rights guaranteed within a more social and sustainable development model.

Places are limited, so please register quickly!

Information & Documents

  • The agenda is available here
  • Venue: European Parliament (Room ASP 3G3) – 60, rue Wiertz in Brussels
  • Date: 16 October 2019 – 13h00 – 15h00,  Registration from 12:30.
Brussels
Belgium

New Orleans - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Pushed to The Bottom: the Experience of Poverty in the U.S.

The Wold Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hope House
916 St Andrew Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

On the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, join us for a discussion about the report "Pushed to The Bottom: the Experience of Poverty in the U.S." The report and the discussion will address how poverty is not only an experience of money or resources, but the accumulation of multiple aspects.

Join us to learn, to share, and together be part of building a community that can overcome poverty.

Speakers:

Ashana Bigard, Education Justice Project

Don Everard, Hope House

For questions, please contact ATD Fourth World:

(504) 899-9950 / neworleans [at] 4thworldmovement [dot] org

New Orleans
United States

Dickenson County - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Gathering with music, testimonies

Dickenson County, Virginia

A gathering at the Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco, VA will start with a potluck dinner followed by a celebration of music and personal testimonies from people in the area and around the world on the theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families, and Communities to End Poverty. 

A local children's music group will contribute to the music and young people from the local High School will help in the set up of the event.

University of Notre Dame students working in the area will also attend with residents from throughout the region. 

Please join us on Thursday, October 17 at 5:00pm at the Clinchco Senior Citizen Center on Main Street, Clinchco, VA. 

Potluck dinner followed by commemoration. 

Dickenson County
United States

Buea - Thursday 17 October 2019 - Community radio talk

Event report

Talking with the head of units for Collaborative Management (CMU) and Community Development Units, it is certain that individuals, communities and families can overcome poverty if they harness resources from their immediate environment sustainably. For instance, upon the creation of the park, some park communities signed a Conservation and Development Agreement (CDA) which involved some activities which these villages have to execute in collaboration with the national park service.

On the other hand, the document equally engaged the park service to carry out certain Income Generating Activities (IGA), offer Conservation Bonuses (CB), and provide other opportunities like portable pipe born water, academic scholarship just to name but these.

In all, the population we talked to is convinced that natural resources or conservation is a veritable stepping stone towards eradicating poverty at every level in the community especially in the fields of tourism, modern beekeeping and wildlife protection.

Conservation will send our children to school, pay bills, provide grounds for other social amenities and above all provide a safe, caring, supportive environment for our children to learn, play and develop physically and intellectually.

We also talked to some local stakeholders and actors of local development like Mr. Ferdinand Ikome Wonganya who says poverty can lead to inferiority and inequality.

To him, poverty can not only be overcome through white-colar jobs.
Families and communities can exploit opportunities provided to them within their respective environment. For instance, Ferdinand was once a hunter because his parents did not have the opportunity to go to school, likewise himself. As a hunter at a very young age wen he joined his parents, he would spend 3 to 4 days in the bush without a kill but today, as a tour guide he is sure to make at least XAF 30000 for every 3 days hike on Mount Cameroon. So far, he has been able to send his children to school and provide their basic needs and amenities.

To conclude, he testify that life is much better with the conservation of natural resources which has been a pulling factor to nature lovers from all over the globe. Also, he makes more income than before. Working as a guide is less strenuous and not as demanding as being a hunter.

He equally advises other hunters and communities to work on sustainable natural resource exploitation like modern beekeeping rather than wild honey hunting to eradicate poverty in their families and communities just so that our children can have a better life.

Facebook page of the Mount Cameroon Hikers

Event description

We wish to declare our intention in joining the rest of the world in acting against poverty. We have been on this course since 2016 and this year, we still believe that awareness can do the magic. As such we shall be talking  over a community radio and with some traditional councils.

By Global Hand Cameroon

Buea
Cameroon

Port Louis - Saturday 19 October 2019 - Discussion with different stakeholders, including children and their families living in poverty

The October 17 Committee (Platform of NGOs fighting against poverty) and the National Human Rights Commission invite you to participate in a dialogue and exchange on the theme:

Eliminating Child Poverty: A Commitment of Society and a Challenge for Human Rights
Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.,
Conference Room, Labourdonnais Hotel, Port Louis

Celebrated since 1987 as the World Day for The Eradication of Poverty and endorsed by the United Nations in 1992, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty fosters dialogue and understanding between people living in poverty and their communities, and with society in general.

This year marks the 30thanniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.  This landmark human rights treaty sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child whatever his or her race, religion and abilities. But for all the children who suffer daily because of poverty and the stigma that often accompanies it, the promise of a hopeful childhood has not been fully realized. Is the poverty of children and their families an infringement of the rights of children contained in the International Convention dedicated to them?  Are the fight against child poverty and the promotion of human rights linked?  How to set up an overall policy that involves all actors and opens up a future for all children?  

All these issues are rarely discussed among specialists, but never with the main stakeholders themselves: Children living in poverty, their families, and the people and NGOs involved with them on a daily basis.

We wish to dialogue and exchange on this questions to mark the International Day of Eradication of Poverty. 

Port Louis
Mauritius