“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure these rights are respected is our solemn duty.” (Father Joseph Wresinski, engraved on the commemorative stone at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza, Paris.)
Monday, October 17, 2016, was the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an annual commemoration that allows us to publicly acknowledge the constant challenges of people living in poverty, as well as an opportunity for those who have struggled to share their stories.
This year’s theme, “Moving from Humiliation and Exclusion to Participation: Ending Poverty in All its Forms,” addressed the humiliation and exclusion faced by many people living in poverty.
During the event, held at the UN headquarters in New York, ambassadors from the UN, France and Burkina Faso discussed sustainable goals including ending global poverty and hunger, providing quality education, building sustainable communities and reducing inequalities.
We also heard impassioned stories from parent advocates and human rights, community and HIV/AIDS activists on their struggles to overcome poverty for their families through hard work, education, solidarity and participation. They faced barriers of ridicule and rejection from their peers and communities, and felt abandoned by society.
However, despite the enormity of their challenges, advocates continue to fight to improve their lives and educate and support others around them.
As one activist stated, “Our strength is our hope.”
Ending poverty is not simply about the lack of income or what is absolutely necessary to survive—it’s about understanding poverty in all its forms and addressing those issues.
One billion people have been lifted out of poverty over the past 30 years, yet there are still 800 million who currently live in poverty, with nearly half of them children. More work needs to be done to open doors for people living in extreme poverty so they may begin a new life.
Join The Daniel Society as we continue to ramp up our efforts to lift people out of extreme poverty.
About The Daniel Society
The Daniel Society is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to reducing poverty, one family at a time, by smart, compassionate and sustainable initiatives that empower the poor to hope again. The organization applies a Collaborative Hope Building Model to tackle the challenges of poverty on a micro family and neighborhood level. For more information about The Daniel Society, visit www.danielsociety.org.