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London - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Photos & Message from October 17, Palace of Westminister, United Kingdom

A special event was held in London, United Kingdom, on October 17, hosted by The Baroness Professor Lister of Burtersett, CBE, at the Palace of Westminster.

Almost a hundred people packed into Committee Room 4 at the House of Lords for a panel discussion about meaningful political participation by people with direct experience of poverty.

The Baroness Professor opened the discussion by saying, “The diverse panel reflects ways in which groups from across the country are increasingly coming together to act, and try and create change.”

The event featured the screening of a new film about “The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty” produced by ATD Fourth World in the UK, which was followed by a panel discussion on “How meaningful participation by people with direct experience of poverty can create positive societal change”.

This film traces the course of the Roles We Play project over the last decade and its attempts to provide a forum for people with experience of poverty to challenge the widespread negative stereotypes of their lives by giving participants the tools to speak out and have their voices heard.

In highlighting the different stages of the project, from photo exhibition and series of residential weekends and participatory film project to full-colour book and multimedia exhibition, the film explores the impact of genuine participation and the importance of recognising the ways in which people in poverty contribute to their own families, neighbourhoods and communities.

James Riley, an activist of ATD Fourth World who helped to make the film, said: “The process was important to us. It’s us on the screen. It’s our words, our images, rather than a journalist’s article where they cherry-picked quotes and images. […] I hope you can see the honesty in this film.”

You can view the film here.

The panel discussion included the speakers, Patrcia Bailey of ATD Fourth World and Alana Avery of On Road Media. They spoke together about their collaboration on a project called "Poverty in the Media". Commencing in January 2018, this project supported a small group of people with lived experiences of poverty and low incomes to develop media skills, resilience, and confidence to engage with the media, on their own terms.

Speakers’ talks, including those by Rebecca Bromley and a joint talk by Patricia Bailey and Alana Avery, are being published now and in coming weeks.

Below is a message from Moraene Roberts, activist and member of the ATD UK Leadership Team, on her participation in this October 17 event:

"Yesterday's gathering at Westminster was very powerful with clear examples of positive, proactive anti-poverty participation of people with lived experience of poverty and those who support them. It was clear that there are many groups/organisations tackling poverty and exclusion. Events like this provide opportunities for building networks and solidarity. Together our voices are louder, stronger and more effective. For most, 17th October is the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty but for the people who gathered yesterday, every day is a day when we work to end poverty for all. I was humbled and honoured to be among them. I wish to thank Andrew and Bea for making it possible for me to attend."

Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, many organizations held events to mark the world day.

Glasgow: The “Hunger for Justice” event was organised by Bridging the Gap, the Poverty Truth Commission, and the Lodging House Mission Choir. Participants gathered outdoors at the Commemorative Stone monument in honour of victims of poverty and then walked together to City Chambers. 

Stockton: Thrive Teeside set up a Speakers’ Corner and informational stalls to highlight actions that challenge poverty.

Belfast: the Right to Welfare (R2W) and Participation and the Practice of Rights focused on “Conscious Cruelty: Social Security, the Economy, and Human Rights”.

Salford: the Poverty Truth Commission ran an inclusion workshop at the Social Audit Network.

Leeds: the Dole Animators ran workshops to create and share narratives.

Back in London, Being the Story hosted an event featuring speakers with lived experience of poverty and other challenges. 4in10 organised London Challenge Poverty Week.

Nationally:

  • Church Action on Poverty marked 13-21 October as “End Hunger Week” and collected signatures for a national petition asking that the Universal Credit be fixed.
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  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation supported many of these efforts led by people in poverty.
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  • Stoke Expert Citizens, the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission, and others coordinated social media campaigns using: #EndPoverty, #PovertyTakeover, and #SolveUKPoverty.
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  • A national collective of individuals who experience poverty (of which ATD Fourth World is a founding member) renamed itself the APLE Collective: Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience. Its new Twitter account quickly gained more than 600 followers: @ApleCollective.

More information about ATD Fourth World in the UK.

London
Regno Unito

Utrecht - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Poverty-Awareness Festival, Utrecht, TV Program Extract

Resoconto dell' evento.

During the week of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) in The Netherlandss organised a successful festival of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves.

This link shows an extract in Dutch from a TV program of the festival. The main elements of the program are:

- Link of the festival to the 31st anniversary of October 17.

- The importance of the World Day to overcome shame.

- Poverty is also about the way people can participate in society.

- A drama created by a group of young people on the topic of living with little money.

- A beautiful testimony of a young woman: "As a child I couldn't sleep because I worried for my parents living in poverty. You are aware ofnot being being stupid, and that your parents suffer from poverty, That awareness was more important for me than the fact of having nothing to eat sometimes, or not being able to pay for washing our clothes. The mental harm that poverty causes is great. I got out of poverty by studying and becoming a social worker: that gave me the strength to turn the negative things I went through into a positive asset to help others to know that 'I am someone', and to see their strength."

- A representative from an NGO supporting children to access art and culture.

- A local politician speaking about how financial support is possible for income and health issues.

- The final message: Let's not hide poverty. Talk to one another about poverty!

Descrizione dell' evento

For several years, the Utrecht Poverty Coalition (Armoedecoalitie) based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has organised a festival week of awareness-raising and activities about poverty for and with people who experience poverty themselves. The festival will include a theatre play performed by young people about the role of money in their lives to he held on October 17.

The Coalition is also working on a booklet about how it feels to be poor, with poems, images and stories.

The Utrecht Poverty Coalition was established in 2008 and since then has joined forces with others to take innovative initiatives to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Coalition is a partnership of a large number of social organisations, initiatives and advocates. These include organisations in social care, social services, education, housing corporations, civil society interest groups, and churches.

https://www.armoedecoalitie-utrecht.nl/

Utrecht
Olanda

Bishkek - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - End Poverty Quiz Night, Kyrgyz Republic

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, the staff of the World Bank in Bishkek, the capital city of the Kyrgyz Republic (formerly the Republic of Kyrgyzstan) in Central Asia held an End Poverty Quiz Night.

We were informed of this event by Christian Josz who works with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is a member of the Board of Directors of ATD Fourth World USA. 

Bishkek

New York - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Video: Commemoration at the United Nations Headquarters

Resoconto dell' evento.

Video of the song "Be the Change", and Statement by UN Secretary General Mr António Guterres.

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Descrizione dell' evento

At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm in the UN Visitors' Lobby.

Program:
Dance and music
Message from the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
Messages from people living in poverty
Statements by Ambassadors

At 2:45pm, the commemoration will continue with a moment of reflection and solidarity around the Commemorative Stone in Honor of Victims of Extreme Poverty, located on the North Lawn of the UN Gardens.

At 4:30 pm, please join us at the Fourth World House for a reception and to share your thoughts and impressions of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/306779356716018/

https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/2018/09/idep-2/

New York
Stati Uniti

Dublin - Mercoledì 17 Ottobre 2018 - Photographic Gallery of Events, National October 17 Program, Ireland

The National Committee for October 17 in Ireland is proud to present a beautiful photographic gallery featuring a series of events from the National Program for the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, which you can view here.

The images are from the following events:

- 40 Make Poverty History quotes on the Customs House Quay, Dublin, October 5 - 19.

- Opening of the “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” Exhibition in the EPIC-CHQ Building on Custom House Quay and presentation of the 2018 End Poverty Day T-Shirt, October 9. The Exhibition was launched by David Donoghue, former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Seanie Lambe, Chair of the Inner City Organisations Netowrk (ICON).

- Message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty from the President of Ireland, Micheal D. Higgins, October 16.

- Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre in Granard, County Longford, celebrating October 17.

- The SAOL Project from inner city Dublin marking the World Day with a series of Poverty Post Cards.

- The Leave No One Behind Summit marking the World Day and Zero Hunger Day, Dublin, October 16 (including video message).

- Global Action Plan, Ballymun, Dublin, marking October 17.

- Arden View Family Resource Centre, Tullamore, County Offaly, celebrating October 17.

- The Cork Life Centre, Cork City marking the World Day.

- National Gathering at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone celebrating 10 years of the unviling of the Stone at the Customs House Quay, Dublin, on October 17 (including a short video).

- The Participation and Practice of Rights (PPR) project honouring the UN Day in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a day of debates on the theme of “Conscious Cruelty: Social Security, the Economy and Human Rights” on October 17.

Launch of the memorial book, "Voices for Dignity", and an evening sing-along celebrating 10 years of the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, at the Mansion House, Dublin, with special guests: the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of Human Rights and Equality, Bernadette Scheid, Deputy Ambassador of Belgium, and Camille O’Sullivan, October 17.

Development Perspectives organised their 2018 SDG Showcase event in Drogheda, County Louth, celebrating the actions of the 2018 year SDG Advocates from communities across Ireland, October 17.

- Opening of the concrete pathway in the "End Poverty Day Hope Orchard" in Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim organised by the Breffni Family Resource Centre followng the "Bench" workshop, October 24.

- Misean Cara (Irish Faith-Based Missionary Movement) marking the International Day with a seminar on "Tackling Forced Displacement: People, poverty and rights", October 25.

- The Offaly Traveler Movement Youth Goup, Tullamore, County Offaly, marking the World Day with a fashion show, November 1.

- National #Wishing Stones Campaign in Primary Schools (including videos).

         
Dublin
Irlanda