Theme for 2021
Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet

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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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  • Toolbox: poster, concept note, documents of reference, videos,...

Select a country to see what took place the previous years

Online - Philippines - Saturday 17 October 2020 - Online: Voices of community members

Event description

**At ATD Philippines we have started a campaign on our FB account (mostly in Tagalog and some in English). These posts are prepared with community facilitators and our interns. The testimonies are also video recorded.
You can see an example of the posts in the attached picture: "Where is the justice if there are many lies? Deception of the people, poverty is the answer. When will it end?"
We are also producing a video with a message from friends and kids.

 

**We have produced a short film with Teatro Balagtas, played by community members and an actor of Teatro Balagtas. It is the ATD contribution to the online ceremony organised by NAPC (National Anti Poverty Commission) that will take place on October 17.
The title of the film in English is "To those who can see us". Its about the reality of a couple struggling to survive during the Covid-19 Enhance Community Quarantine in the context of non-existent social protection.
The online commemoration with the different messages will be streamed on Facebook from 10 to 13:45 Manila time. We will gather a small group of community facilitators in the office to watch it and be together. (The gathering are still restricted to a maximum of 10 people).

**Three representatives from ATD plus institutions will be able to gather for a short moment at the commemorative stone simultaneously to put some flowers on it in honor of the people in poverty who struggle everyday and the people who work alongside them.

Online - Philippines
Philippines

Tagum and Mati - Thursday 15 October 2020 - Discussion about local community plan

Event report

To recognize the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, 2020, Mati Bangladesh has organized two separate workshops and knowledge sharing session with children. Here are moments from that sessions.

See video

Event description

Tagum City leaders discuss about the local community action plan /activity for the Oct 17 2020 World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty with upo leaders from the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.

Tagum and Mati
Philippines

Dar es Salaam - Saturday 17 October 2020 - Exchange on social and environmental justice

Event report

Dear colleagues,

The day was a success. We managed to bring together more than a hundred people. Bearing in mind that the election campaigns are still continuing, that was a good gathering. Most of our friends and invitees from the local governments could not attend and some had to leave during the celebration to attend election issues.

-We read messages from the UN, ATD International Leadership team. We read also the word of the day plus the history of the day, the theme "ACTING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ALL", its explanation in a plain simple language and extracts from various sources explaining causes of environmental degradation through human activities.

-Then we had two historically related testimonies from the former quarry of Kunduchi and the present Boko quarry area. These gave a picture of how poor people are exploited and when they are no longer needed, are thrown away like useless trash.

-Then the families in groups from their relevant areas discussed issues and challenges in their areas regarding the theme of the day. A moving testimony came from a man who talked about maltreatment and injustice from his close family members.

People had come to participate, not to watch.

-Participants were dancing to the drum beats from the live culture group performing and the taarabu, sengeli and kwaito music.

-A number of issues had come out during the group discussions. One issue which arose, concerning free education policy, was the contributions in schools employed by teachers which distorted the concept of free education. The issue was taken by an education officer from the municipal council. She left her telephone number to a group of women for further communication.

On their way back home, people continued to discuss the theme of the day.

-In Mbeya people gathered for the first time.

-In Dodoma, our friend Peter M. organized a debate on the theme, "Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice".   

-We did it, while at the same time thinking of our partners in other areas who couldn't come together for the day, thinking of those who face injustice because of who they are, thinking of all the miseries of the poor!

Pictures and other news will be available in the newsletter.

Wishing you all the best,

Mr Saasita

Event description

We just formed a new committee recently due to the corona pandemic. We took time to review the concept note of October 17, the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. Our first preparatory meeting took place early August. Since then we meet once a week. The campaign has already started and it will go on until one day before election day, 27th of October, ten days after 17th of October.

We plan to organise soon a one day sharing and exchange event which we hope to bring together practitioners working in our activity areas and persons with the experience of poverty. The idea is to reflect "together" on this year's theme from the viewpoint of our localities. The results of the exchange will be part of the presentation on October 17.

Wishing you all the best in the preparations of the day,

Constantine S. 

For the 17th October Organizing Committee

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam
Tanzania

Online - Thursday 15 October 2020 - Poems to Challenge Poverty

Event report

In the UK, we started the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty a couple of days in advance with a poetry evening that marked the Challenge Poverty Week. Twenty-one poets and singers (activists with ATD or with partner organisations) performed by videoconferencing to a public spread across Britain and in Ireland, France, Israel, the United States, and Mexico. 

On 17 October, the team in London invited 6-7 family members to our headquarters in London. We started the day with speeches and videos from Ireland, then had a long intermission for chats and lunch, and finally ended the day with the United Nations Commemoration Watch Party. We were all happy to be able to come together on that important day, even if it had to be a small scale event.

In Frimhurst, around 15 people (team members, activists and the chair of the Board of Directors) gathered for a tree planting ceremony to commemorate activists who passed away this year. It was a very touching moment for all those who attended.

Event description

Please join this online event to hear a selection of moving poems on the everyday experiences of living in poverty in the UK today.

Register to access the event, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
 

All of us, from across the four nations of this country, know from personal experience what poverty is like. We have written poems to express what poverty is and how it feels to have your voice heard. Our poems are about what needs to change and what uplifts us.

We are coming together to add our voices to events taking place to mark Challenge Poverty Week around the country

This evening of poetry is also being co-organised by the APLE (Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience) Collective and All Together in Dignity/ATD Fourth World, On Road Media and 4in10: London's Child Poverty Network.

We hope you will join us for an evening of inspiration and solidarity.

 
Online
United Kingdom

Several places in Ireland - Saturday 17 October 2020 - Differents events in Ireland

Event report

Here is our Gallery 2020 of 17 October events observed by local groups around the country which may be of interest.

http://17october.ie/previous-galleries/gallery-2020/

Event description

Several places in Ireland
Ireland