The International Day against the Eradication Of Poverty- Background
On 17 October 1987, ATD Fourth World initiated the World Day for Overcoming Poverty focused on Joseph Wresinski’s message:
“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
The day is a platform for people living in poverty to speak out about their lives and struggles and to invite others to join them in the fight to end poverty. In the words of one participant: “It’s our day. We can say what we have in our hearts without shame, without embarrassment.” Five years later, the United Nations recognised 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and called on all nations to renew their commitment to fighting poverty.
We will be showing solidarity in Stockton-On-Tees with people with lived experience of poverty, to demonstrate, despite division, our communities stay united.
This years theme: : The social impact of de-industrialisation: lifelong learning for socio-economic inclusion or exclusion? Presentation by Dr Jo Foster PHD, round table discussions, Q&A
We will be joined by other groups on a National level to LIGHT UP THE UK MAP through our social media campaign #Endpoverty #IDEP @aplecollective @thriveteesside
To Book your FREE tickets to our #IDEP2019 Event, click here.
IDEP 2018- What we did last year.
Last year on this monumental day, community campaigners including Thrive Teesside took over stalls in Stockton Market on October 17th 2018, to raise awareness of local poverty and to press for change.
For a more in depth look at what Thrive Teesside did last year, click here.