Anti Poverty Week Starts

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2024 Date13 October 2024

Anti Poverty Week Starts

Anti Poverty Week Starts in 2024
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Anti Poverty Week is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the prevalence of poverty in Australia and across the globe. The observance seeks to increase the collective commitment to overcoming poverty through education and advocacy. It further intends to foster collaboration among various sectors, such as government bodies, community organizations, and individuals, to enact transformative changes that can lead to a more inclusive and equitable society.

The concept of Anti Poverty Week originated in the United Kingdom in 1972 when a campaign titled Mobilise Against Poverty was launched. In Australia, the initiative began in 2002 with the support of several major national organizations, who recognized the importance of addressing issues that over 3 million Australians face due to poverty. The observance highlights the fact that socio-economic disadvantage can be tackled through policy intervention, job creation, and investments in healthcare and education, as well as by addressing the rising income inequality.

In Australia, the observance of Anti Poverty Week is marked by various events, conferences, and workshops that provide information on the underlying factors that perpetuate poverty and the steps that can be taken to mitigate its impact on vulnerable populations. These activities are organized by a wide range of stakeholders, from non-profit organizations to educational institutions and government agencies. Anti Poverty Week typically takes place in the third week of October.

Date shown for 2024 is estimated as the official date has not been finalized.

Top facts about Anti Poverty Week Starts

  • The key message for Ani-Poverty Week was 2022 is “Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can all do something about it.”
  • According to the Australian Council of Social Service, one in eight adults, and one in six children live in poverty. In 2023, there are more than 3.3 million people living below the poverty line in Australia.
  • In 2023, Australians with the highest risk of poverty and homelessness are Single-parent families and people aged 65 and older.
  • Anti Poverty Week has been observed in Australia since 2002, making it one of the longest-running national events focused on poverty and social inequality.

Top things to do for Anti Poverty Week Starts

  • Anti-Poverty Week is an excellent time to get involved in local community events focused on addressing poverty, such as food drives, homeless shelter initiatives, or educational workshops.
  • Use this week as an opportunity to learn more about poverty, inequality, and the potential solutions in Australia. Share what you learn with friends, family, and colleagues to raise awareness and foster conversations.
  • Visit social enterprises, co-operatives, and other local businesses that provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged people or contribute to poverty reduction efforts.

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