Introduction – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17 to spread awareness about the issues of poverty across the world. This international day honors the courage of people who are living in poverty with their daily struggles. This international day provides an opportunity to help poor people who are fighting against poverty. The government of all countries should take steps to eradicate poverty across the world. Poverty is one of the main issues worldwide, especially in South Africa and Asian countries.
History – Firstly, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed in Paris, France when a large number of people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadero to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence, and fear in the year 1987. This international day was launched by the creator of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, Joseph Wresinski. The United Nations officially announced that on December 22, 1992, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17 after four years death of Joseph Wresinski.
Theme – The theme of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in the year 2022 is “Dignity For All in Practice” which concentrates on social justice, and peace worldwide.
Significance – The main aim of this international day is to acknowledge the daily struggle and effort of people that are living in poverty across the world. The continuous increase in population is the main cause of rising unemployment that increases poverty across the world. Previously, the spread of coronavirus in the year 2019 that is mainly responsible for the rapidly increasing poverty among common people globally. A large number of jobs are decreased that reduces the income of people who are pushed into poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thus, the government of all countries should take steps to eradicate poverty by increasing opportunities for jobs, low price rises, and many more. The war between two or several countries is also caused poverty worldwide. During the war, all the companies, shops, schools houses, hospitals, and many more are destroyed and a large number of people are pushed into poverty.