International Anti-Poverty Day

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday 16 October and ends on Saturday 22 October. The UN's International Anti-Poverty Day is on Saturday 17 October.

The day was first celebrated in 1987 by thousands of participants who gathered at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France, to honour the victims of poverty, hunger and violence and was recognised by the United Nations in 1992. 

According to the United Nations absolute poverty or extreme poverty is "a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services."

According to the World Bank "1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty below the poverty line of $1.25 and $2.50 a day". This is a measure by the standards of the world's poorest countries. "More than three quarters of those living in extreme poverty are in rural areas and nearly two thirds of the extremely poor earn a living from agriculture". The World Bank, Economic Premise.

Western Sydney University encourages you to take part in the efforts to reduce poverty especially in Australia where the amount to meet basic needs is much higher.  For more information on poverty and ideas on what you can do to create awareness and participation to reduce it, please visit the websites below.