Let’s choose a theme for October 17!

The International Committee October 17 launches the consultation process on the theme of October 17 for the next two years, 2024 and 2025. The World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty has been commemorated since 1987 by the ATD Fourth World Movement. Since 1992,...

International poster October 17, 2023

Our common theme for 2022 and 2023 is dignity in practice. This year, the International Committee for October 17 is emphasising decent work and access to social protection, both mainstays for the common good that enable everyone to live in dignity. Through a...

Theme of 17 October 2023

Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting Dignity in Practice for All is the 2023 theme for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. Very soon we will publish the international poster. The events map and toolkit will be updated to start publishing events and...

We all have something to pass on

Caroline and Annie, two young women – one a mother of three children and one a mother of four - were on their way home after buying “le pain couchée” or the “gone-to-bed bread”, as they say in the Ivory Coast. This day-old bread is sold at a low price in the...

Thydêwá, Hope of the Earth

I was born in Argentina but moved to Brazil when I was twenty-five. I was attracted to the wisdom and spirituality of the most wounded peoples. However, my life changed when Brazil and Portugal celebrated the 500th anniversary of the “discovery of the Americas”. Three...

Jeevan Verma, a rose among the thorns

My name is Jeevan Lal Verma. I was born in the village of Sunargaon, situated in the Kanda district in the foothills of the Himalayas (North India). My family, inhabitants of this region for generations, were jewellery makers. Our village, Sunargaon, derives from the...

I want to play a role in this Fourth World

My name is Susanne Privitera. I live in Switzerland, and I am a member of the Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty. I’m part of this network because of an “instinctive” feeling within me since I was a child. In Switzerland, we face long-term social injustice. For...

International Committee for October 17

The International Committee for October 17th was launched on October 17th, 2008.The goals of the International Committee for October 17th are: To promote the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which publicly unites all those who are striving together to...

Having no power is central to it all

Reading the report on the hidden dimensions of poverty made Sister Thérèse, a correspondent of the Forum on Overcoming Extreme Poverty in Lebanon, think about the bond she has created with Josianne. This article was published in a collection of reactions to the report...