One day is not enough to eradicate poverty - 2011 International Day

By the ICHRP Team

Since 1993, October 17th has been designated the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. As of 2005 the number of people living in extreme poverty (defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.25 a day) stood at 1.4 billion.

A life of dignity encompasses the rights of adequate housing, food, water and sanitation, education and health care. In a systematic manner, people living in poverty have the least access to these rights, which is why human rights actors must seek to raise awareness and solidarity to tackle this global scourge of inequality.

As a matter of principle, the ICHRP seeks to put the most vulnerable people at the heart of every problem we address, whether it be corruption, social control, legal pluralism or climate change, recognising that it is these groups, including the most disadvantaged in socio-economic terms, who suffer most from social injustice and depradations of human rights. Specifically, our current work on penalising poverty is investigating the ways in which social policy, including welfare governance, public health, criminal justice and urban planning is furthering the marginalisation and exclusion of people living in poverty around the world.

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