Do you know October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty? This event is celebrated every year throughout the world. It is characterised by activities that break the vicious circle of poverty, restoring human dignity, uniting all for peace and sustainability. Some of the things that mark poverty include being hungry or unable to read, being without work and knowing that you are ignored.
This year’s theme is Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms. There are about 1.6 billion people world wide who are identified as being poor.
The United Nations first recognized this day, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear.