Happy International Day for the Eradication of Poverty!
Since 1993, October 17 has been recognized by the UN as a day to promote awareness of the poverty, hunger, and violence happening in countries all over the world. The day calls for recognition of those victims of destitution and to remind the world that the United Nations regards fighting poverty at the core of its development agenda. World leaders have come together under this initiative and are determined to cut the numbers of people living in extreme poverty in half by 2015.
This year’s theme will focus on “Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace”. This is a theme that hits close to home for Women for Rwanda, as we are well aware of how poverty and violence often go hand in hand. With nearly two thirds of the Rwandan population living below the poverty line and the ethnic tension that continues to lead to violence we promote International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in hope that the world’s leaders will continue to work towards development in areas suffering from poverty and violence.
Today government officials and representatives from civil society, including those living in poverty, are meeting in the UN headquarters in New York. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has provided a message for today, “Rampant poverty, which has festered for far too long, is linked to social unrest and threats to peace and security. On this International day, let us make an investment in our common future by helping to lift people out of poverty so that they, in turn, can help to transform our world.”