INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY (IDEP) – 17 OCTOBER
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP) is a global awareness event celebrated every year on 17 October. It is an opportunity for reflection, advocacy and action to end child poverty and all other forms of poverty. This 2018 IDEP theme is: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”. It looks to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.
How can you take part in IDEP ? Here are 10 great and simple ideas:
- Tell Your Story: Share your story and let us know how you are tackling child poverty in your community by clicking here or via e-mail
- Photography Contest: Take part in the #EndChildPoverty photography contest
- Teach Sustainable Development: Teach children and youth the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- Involve Children and Youth: Organize an educational or a cultural event together with young people in your local community, schools, clubs, children’s homes and religious institutions. These can include writing essays, sports, dance, arts, music, games, drama, watching a film or any suitable event to raise awareness
- Advocate and Lobby: Write an advocacy statement and meet key decision makers in your community, lobbying them to take action to end child poverty
- Give: Volunteer your time and expertise, give your resources, funds and other useful donations for the well-being of children affected by poverty in your community
- Organize a spiritual observance: According to your religion organize faith-inspired action such as prayers, meditation and reflection based on your Holy Scriptures, for the well-being of children
- Organize a Forum: Organize a roundtable, workshop, debate or discussion on ending child poverty
- Invite others to join you: Approach your community – local businesses, NGO’s, civil society, faith based organizations, schools and media – and ask for their involvement and partnership
- Spread the word on social media: Use the hashtag #EndChildPoverty and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our End Child Poverty website. Here is a link to our IDEP Media Kit with social media assets and print banners you can use to raise awareness.
And one more idea….
- The Interfaith Guide to End Child Poverty: Download it for free and get more resources and tools