International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a global initiative to raise awareness about the need to eradicate poverty and its associated human rights and dignity issues. The observance seeks to promote innovative solutions for poverty eradication, forge a sense of global solidarity, and create an inclusive environment that encourages dialogue between citizens and decision-makers. This worldwide initiative is significant for South Africa, a country grappling with high poverty rates and social and economic inequalities.

Established in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty addresses the growing challenges afflicting societies across the globe, including high poverty levels, food insecurity, and unequal distribution of wealth. In South Africa, a majority of citizens have been historically affected by such challenges, perpetuated by apartheid policies and systematic discrimination. Therefore, the celebration of this day serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to eradicate poverty while ensuring that the most vulnerable and marginalized populations have access to education, healthcare, and social protection.

Observed annually on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty provides a platform for South Africans to engage in various activities, such as community gatherings, campaigns, and educational events centered on eradicating poverty and its consequences. These efforts aim to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and resources necessary to combat poverty and promote social justice, ultimately fostering an equitable society where sustainable development and equal opportunities are accessible. In doing so, South Africa joins the global commitment to overcoming poverty and ensuring a brighter future for all.

Facts about this day and poverty

  • According to the World Bank, the pandemic is estimated to have pushed an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, reversing years of progress.
  • 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water. 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation.
  • It has been estimated that the cost to end extreme poverty worldwide would be about $175 billion per year for 20 years, less than 1% of the combined income of the richest countries in the world.
  • South Africa’s Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality, is one of the highest worldwide. This reflects a tight correlation between inequality and poverty.
  • Poverty in South Africa has a gendered aspect, with women more likely to be poor than men. The government has recognized gender equality as a key part of tackling poverty.

Top things to do in South Africa for this observance

  • Donate to local shelters or certified charities like K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations).
  • Research local small businesses or cooperatives in South Africa that focus on empowering people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Buy their products or services online, which not only supports their business but also helps alleviate poverty by creating employment opportunities.
  • Connect with organizations in South Africa that offer remote volunteer opportunities. Many NGOs and charities need assistance with tasks such as virtual tutoring, content creation, or technical support.

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