Tell us what has changed, what need to change and what in this 1975 text is still inspiring today?
“The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunityamong themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to themost disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.”
Joseph Wresinski, All Together in Dignity,
Mexico, International Women’s Year, 1975
The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.
Innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
On March 15th 2019, join and support the Global Climate Justice Strike For Future!
On March 15, along with NGOs in 40 countries on all continents, we will support the call to the youth and all citizens of the world to join the Global Strike For Future!
Let’s show the world that the Climate Crisis is a Crisis! Let’s show the world that the demand for Justice is an Urgency!
Do link climate action and social justice!
Act on climate never without,
or against, people living in poverty!
In a context of successive international meetings about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reducing the negative effects of global warming, ATD International has upped its advocacy to emphasize the inextricable link between climate action, sustainable development, and poverty eradication. From action and research on the ground, we have issued two memorandums and a series of short videos illustrating these links.
For the past 20 years, Martin Byrne, volunteer & member of the Board of ATD Ireland has been collecting North Wall stories and publishing them once a year. These stories are coming from a range of people and the book encourages people to dig deep and write down those stories that have been hidden away for so long.
This year again, Martin’s North Wall stories help us with fresh eyes to see our unfair world
differently. By reading these stories we are liable to be born anew or jolted or touched or changed. They herald a world of shared human condition, give vent to the screams of those excluded from the feast, model ways of bottom-up local transformation and they
explicate empowerment for justice.
All of the stories in “Melting The Middle Class Gaze” were written by ordinary people who have a story to tell and this book enables them to do so. “This is something that really inspired me and got me thinking. How each person we meet has a library inside of them, but too often we shy away from sharing it with anyone else. “
The book launch will take place on Tuesday April 30th at 7pm and thanks to the generosity of Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, it will be hosted in the Mansion House, Dublin 2. If you would like to attend, please contact email@example.com.
From January 2019 to May 2019 ATD will carry out a project exploring the issue of socio-economic discrimination in Irish public services and in every day life.
A person’s socio-economic status is not currently recognised as a ground upon which a person might be discriminated against, under Irish equality legislation.
Share your story before Easter 2019!
The first step of the project (before the end of April 2019) is collect anonymous real life stories to showcase how this type of discrimination or unequal treatment is unfortunately too common and needs to be recognised within legislation.
The stories collected will be published into a report that will be launched at a public event after the Summer in the IHREC Auditorium. All the stories collected and published will be kept anonymous to ensure the confidentiality of the participants.
What is socio-economic discrimination?
Discrimination is when people feel like they are being treated less favourably than others, for example, because of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity…
Today in Ireland several grounds of discrimination are officially recognised within equality legislation: it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, civil status, family status and membership of the Traveller Community.
Since 2016, another ground has been added to cover housing assistance payments (HAP). This means that people who feel discriminated against under one or more of these grounds can bring a complaint to the relevant legal body (see www.ihrec.ie for more information on how to make a complaint).
However, ATD Ireland, along with many other organisations such as EAPN, INOU, the members of the former Equality and Rights Alliance (ERA), believe that one ground is missing from Irish legislation. That missing ground is called “socio-economic status”.
Socio-economic status or background may sometimes be referred to as social class based discrimination. For instance, someone could feel like they are being treated less favourably than others by the Gardai because of where they live.
“My son was going to a football thing… And he stayed up in Crumlin in his friends… It was seven o’clock in the morning anyways and he was running through the park to get to the coach, and like that, he was stopped at the bus stop, and they searched his bag, his schoolbag… And they searched everything and like he ended up missing that, and came back to us sobbing, saying, “I done nothing wrong!” and not even that, like he was quite frightened by the whole experience. And as well as that it kind of turned him off the Guards.”
Other people recalled being treated differently at school because their families could not afford to buy school books, or how they were asked to leave class because they were not wearing the ‘right’ shoes and how they felt belittled and embarrassed by the attitude of teachers. This leads to lack of confidence that is often carryout out through adult life as well.
“Belittled… some people can make you feel very small, so you can just say ‘that’s how tall I am, so just stand up’… to belittle someone is to really put them down.”
Sadly, many have stories like these that showcase ways in which people are excluded or not treated with dignity and respect. But because socio-economic status is not covered in equality legislation, this kind of discrimination often goes unnoticed and cannot be reported legally.
Impacting the delivery of the Public Sector Duty
In addition to allowing victims of discrimination to file a legal complaint, a change in legislation will have an impact on what is called the “Public Sector Duty”. What does this mean?
The Public Sector Duty is a statutory obligation for all public bodies to work towards the elimination of discrimination, promote equality, and protect human rights in their daily work. This Duty applies to people working in public services, service users and more generally everyone impacted by policies coming from public bodies.
If socio-economic discrimination is recognised in Irish law, all public services would be obliged to take the necessary steps to ensure that their employees and service users are protected from this kind of discrimination, as is the case for the other nine grounds of discrimination currently recognised.
Where do we go from here?
We know that this change in legislation will not mean that socio-economic discrimination will disappear tomorrow, but we see this as a necessary first step in recognising that this kind of discrimination does exist and needs to be challenged if we are to live in a society which treats everybody with respect and dignity.
You want to learn more about this project
or to share a story?
We are looking for people from all around the country to take part in this project.
If you have a real life story of a time where either you, or someone you know, had an experience of being discriminated against, and if you felt that this discrimination was because of your socio-economic status, then we would love to hear from you.
This discrimination may have taken place when dealing with a public service or in another situation of every day life!
All the stories collected and possibly published (with individual consent) will be kept anonymous to ensure the confidentiality participants.
If you are interested in taking part in this campaign to introduce an additional protection against discrimination into Irish law, then feel free to get in touch with us!
“We really need to be integrated in the world, to love the world.
We cannot introduce the people marginalised because of extreme poverty into today’s or tomorrow’s world
if we are not ourselves part of it.
It is not that we are blind to human failings,
but we must constantly remind ourselves and each other that every human being deserves to be trusted,
as long as we do not have proof to the contrary.
We must welcome political discussions and the sharing of ideas, and we must love people who defend what they believe in.
Whilst not being sidetracked, we have to share in the hopes of all those who fight for a cause.
And we have to remind them constantly that people experiencing the most extreme situations of poverty have a place in their struggles and thinking.”
On 14 February 1988, 31 years ago, Joseph Wresinski passed away. He was 71.
He is the initiator of the United Nations’ #EndPoverty Day (each 17 October) and the spiritual father of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty (adopted in 2012) and one key inspiration to implement the Agenda 2030 “Leave No One Behind” promise.
Together with French sociologist Jules Klanfer, he first introduced in 1965 and developed the concept of “social exclusion”, now a concept broadly used worldwide.
All his life, he was a strong advocate of people trapped in chronic poverty for generations. The “Wresinski approach” inspires new ways to fight poverty worldwide. It recognises people with experience of poverty as partners in designing, implementing, monitoring and assessing public policies.
In 1957, Wresinski founded the NGOATD in a slum near Paris which has become today the International Movement All Together in Dignity with 100 projects in 40 countries.
On 14 February each year, friends of ATD are invited to read and reflect on the very last address made by Wresinski. He wrote this to the long term volunteers from his hospital bed just days before his death on 14 February 1988.
Joseph Wresinski was born on 12 February 1917 to immigrant parents, detained in a French internment camp because of WW1. Later, his family suffered from chronic poverty and social exclusion in a poor neighbourhood of Angers, France.
In 1946, he was ordained as a priest and served in industrial and rural parishes where, right from the beginning, he related to the most deprived families.
In 1956, he was assigned chaplain to 250 families in a emergency housing camp in Noisy-le-Grand, near Paris. The families lived in quonset (nissan) huts erected in a muddy field. He said about his years in Noisy-le-Grand: “The families in that camp have inspired everything I have undertaken for their liberation. They took hold of me, they lived within me, they carried me forward, they pushed me to found ATD with them.”
In 1957, Joseph Wresinski and the families of the camp founded the first association which was later to become All Together in Dignity Fourth World.
Responding to the demands of the families and working with them, the soup kitchen and the distribution of old clothes were replaced with a library, kindergarden, chapel and workshop. Volunteers came to join the action and a Research Institute on extreme poverty was created to bring together researchers from different countries and disciplines.
Since its beginning the development of ATD was inspired by Joseph Wresinski’s own experience as a child in a poverty-stricken family and by his daily contacts with families in extreme poverty and members of ATD International Long Term Volunteer Corps.
Joseph Wresinski’s firm purpose was to unite all sections of society around the poorest. With this aim he met leaders of States, churches and international bodies from all over the world. Even though he was a catholic priest, he believed that every man or woman he met represented a chance for the poorest and he was determined that ATD would remain non-denominational and open to people of all cultures, faiths, beliefs…
His appointment to France’s Economic and Social Council in 1979 was a significant step in his quest for official representation of people in extreme poverty. With the publication in France of the “Wresinski Report” in 1987, he succeeded in gaining recognition of people in poverty as partners in society. This report enabled him also to put “extreme poverty” on the Human Rights agenda.
On 17 October 1987, in the presence of 100,000 people from every social background and continent, Joseph Wresinski unveiled a commemorative stone in the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris. On this marble his call is engraved: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
17 October was declared “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” by the United Nations in 1992. In several countries, each year or even on the 17th of each month, people gather for a short commemoration in honor of people who suffer from extreme poverty, and to renew their commitment to fight alongside them.
For the two past months, All Together in Dignity prepared a delegation of 7 participants to the 15th ‘European ATD People’s University’ which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday the 6th of February 2019. The group from ATD consisted of 7 volunteers involved in the ATD’s Unity in the Community Youth Group (UCYG).
The UCYG was created in the summer of 2017 after an ATD European Youth Exchange in the
Netherlands. They are a group of young adults (aged between 18 – 25) who are social activists and leaders in their communities.
In 2018 the members of this group created the‘Ireland, I have a Dream’ project. Inspired by the infamous speech by Martin Luther King they created a space for young people in Dublin to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives, bywriting about their dreams. Together they developed a collection of speeches, poems, raps and spoken word, in turn creating their own ‘I have a Dream’ publication. This book was successfully launched on the 6th of July last year at a joyous event in MountJoy Square which included games, spoken word, live music and speeches.
This year, the discussion in the European Parliament revolved around the input of selected groups of individuals from 9 European countries. These delegates all coming from deprived communities around the EU took the opportunity to come together with their ideas and to both collectively and individually address MEP’s.
They had the chance to present their research, concepts and resolutions based on the 3 topics of the 2019 People’s University and to ask the EU to take action on these matters.
The topics to be addressed were:
the indicators of poverty and social exclusion in Europe,
the impact that various national and European policies have on family life for citizens in poverty,
and peoples legal status.
In preparation for the 2019 People’s University, ATD Ireland run first “Europe Matters”, a “Communicating Europe” supported by a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The impact of this 2 months project is presented in the 4 pages PDF document here: ATD Europe Matters Presentation. Discover also the video produced by the project participants!
The Irish delegation joined the discussions on the impact that various national and European policies have on family life for citizens in poverty. The policy the delegation discussed is the missing “socio-economic status” as recognised ground of discrimination in the Irish Equal Status Act.
At present, within Irish law, there are 9 recognised grounds of discrimination, but we are working to try and add a tenth ground, one based on a person’s socio-economic status.
The UCYG supported by other ATD volunteers started to look at how people suffer unequal treatment based on theirsocio-economic background, when dealing with Irish public services and in pivate context. Personal stories from people have been collected, where they tell about times they have experienced this type of discrimination, when dealing with any public service ( be it the police, hospitals, schools, etc.) or in every day situation in the street, in shops, when looking for private renting. From having to lie about where your’e from in order to get a job to having to get people with a “better” telephone voice to represent you when dealing with services over the phone – the stories have been plentiful and unjust.
At work in Brussels, the members of the Irish Delegation tried to convince Irish European representatives and MEPs beyond Ireland of the importance of working to try and ensure this protection is written into equality legislation, so that all citizens of Europe might be better protected before the law.
With the Vice-President of the European Parliament,
Mairead McGuinness MEP
With Marian Harkin MEP
With Lynn Boylan MEP
As Martin Luther King once said “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say” and so in keeping that in mind, the UCYG will continue to speak out until they are heard.
This project and the trip of the Irish Delegation have been financialy supported by the “Communicating Europe” DFAT Initiative, Maired McGuinness MEP and Lynn Boylan MEP, and the French Foundation “Fondation ATD”.
At the occasion of 2019 World Day of Social Justice, ATD invites all citizens interested to the launch of “Corner Stones”, a creative project aiming to prepare a wall with the 700 decorated stones created dutring the “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” Campaign run in 2018!
Event 31 – To mark the 10th anniversary of the unveiling on the Dublin Human Rights and Poverty Stone, ATD launched “Voices For Dignity” on UN End Poverty Day
with the support of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Event 32 – At the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1,
we launched the “Europe Matters” workshop series.
Event 33 – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin joined us to mark the 1st anniversary of the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights & to open the World Day of the Poor.
It was the year when the world also celebrated the legacy of four major Human Rights activists and key figures of the second half of the 20th century: Nelson Mandela (#Mandela100), Martin Luther King (#MLK50), Mahatma Gandhi (#Gandhi150) and Joseph Wresinski (#30). For Ireland it is also a time to remember the commitments of James Connolly (#Connolly150).
All these key figures were strongly committed to the civic rights and freedoms but also completely aware of the indivisibility of Human Rights and to make sure the provision of rights protect individuals from socio-economic, educational and cultural vulnerabilities. Gandhi summarised the indivisibility of Human Rights in one sentence: “Poverty is the worst form of violence”.
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the UDHR have to be promoted, strengthened and protected with the same energy and mobilisation as the other rights. After 4 years of silence of the Irish Government on the key 2014 request of the Constitutional Convention to strengthen the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution,the UDHR70 series of events in Ireland kept the demand alive! Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are Human Rights!
In Ireland, 2018 marked also a series of important human rights anniversaries. 100 years since partial suffrage for women, 50 years since the emergence of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland and 20 years since the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. Hence the theme of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival had therefore been interwoven with the concept of 100, 70, 50, 20 to commemorate those special events and their importance for human rights. The theme also provideed a spring board to discuss what has been accomplished since those important milestones and what human rights goals have yet to be achieved.
Ireland marks UDHR70:
To be completed – Please inform us
about events which took place and you are aware of
and that we should include in this report!
Until the 12th January 2019 – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition presenting Madiba as Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, and Statesman, is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs together with Kilmainham Gaol. Admission for “From Prisoner to President: An Exhibition celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela” is free but booking is required. Visitors who have booked for the guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol will also have access to the Nelson Mandela exhibition and do not require an additional ticket. Free Booking
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign was a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) was Orange the World: #HearMeToo. Tell your story here!
Read President Michael D Higgins’ message here!
Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November – Dublin
The Dublin Human Rights Festival 2018 was organised by Front Line Defenders in partnership with the Dublin City Council, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Fighting Words, the Latin America Solidarity Centre and the National LGBT Federation. They once again came together to bring citizens a weekend packed with interactive workshops, panel discussions, artistic performances and more. Locations of the event were the Wood Quay Venue, the Smock Alley Theatre & the International Bar. Details
Watch here the live coverage of the panel #SharingTheStruggle: Civil rights solidarity across the generations. The Panel discussed the long-standing tradition of co-operation between rights movements in Ireland and the United States. It featured prominent activists from the 1960s, including Bernadette McAliskey and Michael Farrell. The conversation explored how the Irish and American experiences have influenced and supported each other and continue to inspire the fight for rights across the world. The panel discussion was also joined by Jabari Mickles, a youth and teacher organiser from the United States, and leading human rights expert and author Brian Dooley (Human Rights First). Moderator: Martina Devlin (author and political commentator).
. Saturday 1st December 2018 – 2pm to 5pm – Garden of Remembrance After the massive success of the #RaiseTheRoof rally on October 3rd when we had 12,000 on the streets outside Dáil Éireann, the National Homeless and Housing Coalition have called a national demonstration on the housing crisis which took place on December 1st at 2pm. The people marching called on the Government to accelerate programme of public housing on public land, to add 1bn euro funding in the budget for housing, to end to evictions from the private sector motivated by profit making, to stop raise in rents and to hold a referendum to enshrine the right to a home into the constitution. Details. Media coverage: www.thejournal.ie www.irishtimes.com
Monday 3rd December 2018 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Alliance Française, Dublin
Citizens of Dublin were invited to mark the anniversary of the 1948 signature in Paris with Dublin’s French speaking Community! The French Embassy, the Belgian Embassy, the Alliance Française and All Together in Dignity Ireland organised “Stand Up For Human Rights – Debout Pour Les Droits de l’Homme” with a range of national and international Human Rights Defenders. It was an evening of debate and celebration of the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Participants were invited to decorate a Human Rights tree with personal messages. Details See more pictures here: www.facebook.com
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission IHREC in partnership with the Irish Times delivered to every primary and secondary school in Ireland the week ahead of Human Rights Day – this beautiful poster illustrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in English and as Gaeilge! Schools are invited to use poster for classroom discussions on human rights and the lives of young people.
Thursday 6th December 2018 – 10am 12.30pm – Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission Members of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative and the Community Platform for “Declaring our Human Rights” met for a morning of personal narratives in diverse forms to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Details
Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th December 2018 – Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2018
The NIHRF programme of events enabled discussion, debate and activism across a spectrum of human rights issues. The festival partners were the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland who sustained the festival and brought important human rights issues to the programme. The Festival events in themselves play an important role in advancing the protection of human rights locally and internationally. Yet there are still distinct barriers to full equality for women, rights are unfortunately not universally enjoyed at the global or local level, communities in Northern Ireland are still divided and there are considerable equality challenges yet to be faced and twenty years after the peace settlement Northern Ireland has yet to seethe type of human rights-based governance envisioned in the Agreement. The challenge of celebrating and striving to protect human rights continues. The organisers hoped the festival would gave participants food for thought about how people can contribute to that process. Details
Monday 10th December 2018 – 9.30am to 4.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin The annual DFAT Civil Society Forum took place on Monday 10th December 2018 at The Mansion House, Dublin with the attendance of Michael D. Higgins the President of Ireland. This year’s Forum coincided with the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and explored the role of the Declaration in today’s changing world. Programme
. Monday 10th December 2018 – IHREC IRHREC published survey results to mark International Human Rights Day & the 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration. IHREC commissionned an Amárach Research team to survey over 1200 people to understand the understanding and awareness of Human Rights in Ireland. People in Ireland overwhelmingly (84%) believe that stronger protections for human rights and equality makes the country a better place to live, with 86% agreeing that they care deeply about making Ireland a fairer place to live,
The poll results also show that:
More to do on human rights and equality – 85% of people believe we still have significant work to do in Ireland to protect human rights and equality – this figure is up 6% from a similar poll carried out in 2015.
Housing – 82% of people generally, and 89% of 18-24-year olds believe that housing should be considered as a human right. 63% of people generally, and 78% of 18-24-year olds believe that a right to housing should be entered into Ireland’s Constitution.
Minority rights – People consider that Members of the Traveller Community are most likely to have their human rights infringed or to experience discrimination in Ireland, with 29% of people identifying Travellers as the most at risk group.
Disabilities – People ranked job hunting (74%) as the area when people with disabilities are most likely to encounter discrimination, over accessing public transport (66%) or in work (59%).
Equality of opportunity – Opinion is sharply divided on a person’s ability to achieve their potential in our society with 36% believing that potential is limited by prejudice, discrimination or neglect compared to 37% who believe that it is not.
International leadership – Just under a quarter of people (23%) feel that Ireland is an international leader when it comes to human rights and equality.
Monday 10th December 2018 – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin Dublin City Interfaith Forum will launch of ‘DCIF Strategy 2018 – 2021’. The DCIF’s strategy will outline new ways for people of diverse faiths to work together, respecting each other and preventing societal polarization or hostility by creating positive interactions between the communities.
Monday 10th December – 11.30am to 1pm – FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) Dorset Street, Dublin Launch of Independent Living Movement (ILMI) “A Guide to the Law in Ireland in relation to Disability”. Anna O Duffy has written an ILMI Disability Guide to the Law which clearly informs disabled people and about their rights, the laws that relate to disabled people and what disabled people can do if they believe their rights have been violated. This document will be launched at the offices of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) on Dorset Street. There will be inputs from disability activists, author Anna O Duffy and Eilis Barry, CEO of FLAC. Live Streaming via www.facebook.com/ILMIreland
Monday 10th December 2018 – 4.30pm to 5.30pm – Mansion House, Dublin On Human Rights Day, ATD Ireland invited ATD volunteers to #StandUp4HumanRights and to #LightTheWay on the 17 #GlobalGoals of the #2030Agenda. They joined the “Long Walk to Freedom – Episode 4”, the fourth symbolic candlelit walk of a series of 16 walks which take place each year from 2015 (Episode 1) to 2030, on Human Rights Day! Details More pictures here: www.facebook.com
Monday 10th December 2018 – 5.30pm – City Hall, Dublin Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and his guests red the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the steps of City Hall at 6pm on 10th December 2018. This was done in connection with 9 other Lord Mayors of European cities, reading the same text at the same time. Joining him to read from the Declaration were: Michael Gaffey, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations Office in Geneva – Nurcan Baysal, Kurdish Writer & Human Rights Defender (overall winner for 2018 The Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk held in City Hall earlier this year) – Susan Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union. At the same time Front Line Defenders organised a projection of portraits of Human Rights Defenders on a building close to City Hall marking also the 20 years of a UN agreement to protect HR Defenders. More pictures: www.facebook.com
Monday 10th December 2018 – On-line – Dublin
The launch of the electronic version of the 2019 “End Poverty with Human Rights” Calendar was organised by the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day. The printed version will be launched on the 20th December, International Day of Human Solidarity. Details
.Promotion of “Voices For Dignity“, the memorial book on 10 years of activism at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone
On Human Rights Day and in the following days, ATD Ireland promoted the memorial book “Voices for Dignity” and its central message “Situation of severe poverty are a violation of Human Rights”. We thank the President Michael D Higgins and the Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness for their interest in this publication.
Wednesday 12 December 2018 – Universal Health Coverage Day
As a follow up of the #HumanRightsDay mobilisation, and to pledge that health is a #HumanRights, the Unity in the Community Youth Group supported by ATD Ireland discussed #UHCDay and recorded the following message on video!
Tuesday 18 December – United Nations – New York The Irish-based human rights organisation, Front Line Defenders, has received the United Nations Human Rights Prize for 2018. The award is given to individuals and organisations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. RTE Coverage here!