World Day for the eradication of poverty.
The World Day for the eradication of poverty est célébrée chaque 17 October.
The 17 October 1987, the call of the Father Joseph Wresinski, 100 000 Human rights activists gathered in front of the Trocadero, in Paris, to honor the victims of hunger, of violence and ignorance, to say their refusal of misery and call humanity to unite to uphold the human rights. A slab, proclaiming this message, was inaugurated on this occasion on the forecourt of the freedoms and human rights, there where was signed, en 1948, the Universal Declaration of human rights.
Pourquoi une Journée mondiale du refus de la misère ?
BECAUSE poverty is a violation of human rights.
To make the voices of the poor
To hear those who are usually reduced to their difficulties, voire en sont jugés responsables. “C’est notre journée. We can express what we have in the heart without shame, sans gêne”, said one participant. World Day for the eradication of poverty gives them the word, on the unworthy conditions they live, on their daily resistances and aspirations. We can overcome poverty with the first concerned
To mobilize citizens and public officials.
Poverty is a violation of fundamental human rights, It is not fatal, and can be fought and defeated as were slavery and apartheid. In France in particular, She invites to understand how each, where he is, can act.
An anchor for a substantive struggle against poverty ATD Fourth World, the origin of this day, wish that the initiatives inspired by the message on the slab of the eradication of poverty multiply everywhere on the initiative of associations, elected officials, of citizens.
ATD Fourth World engages to give a resonance in this day with others, in honor of the victims of poverty, and for a mobilization of all the human rights defenders. With this ethic, the 17 October is an anchor point for the eradication of poverty dynamics throughout the year.
A message that brings together widely.
In front of freedoms and human rights, Joseph Wresinski, fondateur d’ATD Quart Monde inaugure une dalle où figure cette inscription : 'The 17 October 1987, defenders of the rights of man and of the citizen of all countries gathered in this courtyard. They rendered tribute to the victims of hunger, of ignorance and violence. They stated their conviction that poverty is not inevitable. They proclaimed their solidarity with those who fight around the world to destroy.
Where men are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. S’unir pour les faire respecter est un devoir sacré. » Joseph Wresinski
Since this date, the 17 October of each year, the poorest and those who refuse the misery and exclusion gather around the world to show their solidarity and their commitment to ensure that the dignity and freedom of all are met : Thus was born the world day of the eradication of poverty.
The 17 October 1992, Monsieur Javier Perez de Cuellar, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, on behalf of a group of international figures gathered in the Committee for the world day of the eradication of poverty, calls for the recognition of the 17 October. The 22 December 1992, the 17 October is proclaimed International Day for the eradication of poverty by the Assembly General of the United Nations. Since, the initiatives to celebrate this day ceased to multiply. In many places, rallies are held also the 17 of each month.