October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty / World Poverty Day 2019
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution across the world.
Every year, World Poverty Day, which is also known as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is observed annually on October 17. It is an international day to endorse and raise awareness about the need to end global poverty in all its forms everywhere.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty aims to overcome the gap and create mutual understanding among people below the poverty line, the communities they live in and the world community at large.
World Poverty Day provides an opportunity to recognize the struggles of poor people across the world and gives them a platform and audience to have their daily life issues, requirements, desires, and concerns to get heard.
People living in poverty want to be treated as equals and listened to with respect!
The World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first observed on October 17, 1987. It was organized as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty globally. More than 100,000 people gathered under one roof at the Trocadéro in Paris to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger.
Five years later the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared October 17 the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In accord with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed at the Trocadéro in 1948, the UN declared that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to deliberately work toward respecting the rights of the poor.
World Poverty Day 2019 Theme
The theme of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019 is “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”
Facts and figures about Poverty
- According to a survey, across the world, there are about 767 million people who live below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day
- It is a real fact that just under 10 percent of the world’s workers live with their families on less than $1.90 per person per day
- The overwhelming majority of people living below the poverty line majorly belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
- High poverty rates are often found in undersized, weak and conflict-affected nations
- One in four children under the age of five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age
- Every day in 2014, 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict
Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals
Poverty is also at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal NUMBER ONE is to eradicate poverty in all its forms from every corner of the world.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) expands the scope of the world community’s previous efforts to eradicate poverty. The SDG works for eradicating poverty, protecting the Earth and ensuring all people to have peace and prosperity in their life.
In 2000, when the UN adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) it identified eight contributors to human suffering:
- poverty and hunger
- inequality in education
- gender inequality
- child mortality
- poor maternal health
- infectious diseases
- a changing environment
- and unsustainable development
"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." - Father Joseph Wresinski
Persons living in poverty experience countless interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from knowing their rights and continue their poverty, including:
- dangerous work conditions
- unsafe housing
- lack of nutritious food
- unequal access to justice
- lack of political power
- limited access to health care
How Do Poor Experience Poverty?
The experience of poverty is characterized by rejection, suffering relationships, worthlessness and feelings of guilt for being poor. So, here are the following things, we should follow to somehow eradicate poverty from our planet:
- Nutritional assistance
- Shelter renovations for damaged homed or unsafe living conditions
- Clothing and shoes for children in immediate necessitate
- Trauma counseling
- Endorse care for kids living in violent conditions
- Medical care and ongoing support for victims of abuse
- Intervention for adolescents struggling with alcohol, sexual activity or truancy
- Job training and income opportunities for parents so children can stay in school