In the whole world countries face a different kind of problems, Some are natural disasters, lack of resources, government issues, some pandemic like the coronavirus at present which affects the world, likewise, there’s another epidemic which affects the whole world there is no place left with its grab.
The name of the pandemic is poverty, poverty is something that is spread widely on the earth, and the sad part is it has no vaccination to cure. The issue of poverty has become a topic that is discussed a lot but still stays underrated, worthy actions are not being taken.
To create awareness, 17th of October is recognized and celebrated as an international day for the eradication of poverty.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance dedicated each year on this day. The first remembrance of the occasion was carried in Paris, France in 1987 when 100,000 people assembled on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to praise sufferers of deprivation, starvation, violence, and fear. Initiated by Joseph Wresinski, creator of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. In 1992, four years after Wresinski’s demise, the United Nations officially established October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Wresinski acknowledged that administrations frequently ignored the hardship of those living in poverty, overseeing the impressions of denial, embarrassment, and crime. As an outcome, one of the main goals of the Day is to recognize the battles of the underprivileged and to give rise to their voices to reach out to every ear. Participation by the poorest of people is a crucial facet of the observance of the Day.
This year captions the 27th anniversary, this year also celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski.
International day for the eradication of poverty 2020 – Theme
This day’s been celebrated by theme every year, and the theme for 2020 is “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all” The theme for the Day this year communicates the challenge of attaining social and environmental justice for all.
Let’s keep the ignorance behind, and celebrate this day by joining the movement on social media by using the hashtag #EndPoverty and promoting the call to action to bind with people from around the world who have enrolled in the battle to conquer poverty.
Poverty facts and figures
- 736 million people lived below the international poverty line of US$ 1.90 a day in 2015.
- In 2018, almost 8 per cent of the world’s workers and their families lived on less than US$1.90 per person per day.
- Most people living below the poverty line belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
- High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries.
- As of 2018, 55 per cent of the world’s population have no access to at least one social protection cash benefit.
Quotes of Poverty
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.Joseph Wresinski, Text Engraved on Original Commemorative Stone in Paris
Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Poverty is the worst form of violence.Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader
Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.Eli Khamarov, writer
As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in the world, none of us can truly exist.Nelson Mandela
We cannot afford to spend millions and millions over nuclear arms when there is poverty and unemployment all around usLal Bahadur Shastri
The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmfuBill Gates