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:
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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!
ATD Ireland is seeking a motivated person to join their small and dynamic team for a 3 month long unpaid internship.
The internship is designed to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the protection of human rights, the prevention of discrimination and the promotion of the sustainable development goals through a wide variety of grass roots projects.
This internship offers a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working within a local NGO while also gaining experience of how ATD International operates, with teams in 40 countries worldwide. The intern will be involved with the organisation of a number of events and campaigns, learning from ATD long-term volunteers about specific participatory approaches to poverty.
Interns spend three months at ATD Irelands office in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
This internship is unpaid however upon successful completion participants will be considered for an additional six month long discovery and training programme which includes an accommodation payment and a monthly stipend.
Main tasks and responsibilities:
The intern will support the team and participate in the organisation of several major events and campaigns:
– The implementation of the project “Europe Matters to End Socio-Economic Discrimination” ahead of a European meeting at the Parliament in Brussels (February 2019) and an advocacy campaign in April and May 2019
– The organisation and facilitation of workshops for youth groups as part of the Unity in the Community Youth Group activity plan (see the “Ireland, I have a dream” project).
– Awareness raising activities about the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the pledge to leave no one behind. (see www.leavenoonebehind.ie)
Read more about the internship and the ways to apply here!
Ireland’s second Trustees’ Week takes place from Monday Nov 12th to Friday Nov 16th.
It aims to recognise and celebrate the key role which volunteer charity trustees play in the governance and leadership of charities across Ireland. It also seeks to encourage more people to become trustees and to highlight the importance of good governance of boards, promote the need for a thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of trustees.
ATD volunteers and staff members from the ATD International volunteer corps are happy to mark the week, being organised by the Charities Regulator, The Wheel, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, the Carmichael Centre, Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland.
By celebrating Trustees’ Week we want thank our trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and administration of ATD Ireland. To discuss with many members and friends of ATD with the hope that new trustees may come forward in the future. Each year at our AGM in May, the board welcomes new directors!
At the occasion of the second Irish Trustees’ Week, meet our Board!
I am currently working in a Family Hub as a Housing Case Worker supporting families experiencing homelessness. I started to get to know ATD as an intern in September 2016 after finishing my Masters. After completing a three month intern programme, I was happy to stay on for a year to get to know more about the work of ATD. During my year at ATD I was part of the ‘Stories of Change’ project where we supported people to write about their lives. This was a brilliant project which resulted in compiling the book ‘If only you knew’, a collection of short stories. While at ATD I got to meet families who had been through great hardships. Their strength and determination to constantly work towards a better life for themselves and their families is one of the things that has encouraged me to pursue a career in social care and most importantly supporting families.
Originally a journalist, who started her career in Mexico, I currently work in the not-for-profit sector after fifteen years as a public servant. A life-long learner, I commit to giving my best to each charity that I contribute to, including ATD Ireland. That includes upholding principles of good Governance. I have been a volunteer for 25 years and have enjoyed each role, be it environmental work, adult literacy, or information/media. I have been involved with ATD Ireland since 2015, volunteering on projects that aim to give a voice to people who suffer poverty and exclusion, recognise their talents and share their stories with society as a whole. I was originally drawn by ATD’s global perspective. Thanks to my involvement, I have met people from across the world who are committed to social justice. I currently also serve on ATD Fourth World’s international board as delegate from Ireland.
I am a social care worker of 20 years experience, working with people from diverse social backgrounds and primarily in homelessness and housing based projects. Having studied a Masters in Social Policy in 2005, I co-authored an article published in the journal Critical Social Policy on the governance of homelessness in Dublin. Coming across ATD Ireland over 10 years ago, I am happy to have become one of their first employees from January 2016 to March 2017. I continue to be involved in various regular ATD activities, including the uplifting singing group. I remain constantly challenged and warmed by the heart, values and action of ATD Ireland and ATD abroad in the alleviation of hardship and poverty.
I’m is the director of the Dominican Justice Office, where I coordinate a peer-support project and network for women seeking asylum in Ireland and who live in the Direct Provision system. I hope my extensive experience in community development and project management in the area of intercultural integration, human rights and anti-racism supports the work of ATD Ireland. I’m passionate about Restorative Justice, Mediation and Conflict Intervention, and for over seven years was a Board member of Facing Forward, a voluntary organisation that promotes restorative practices, with a focus on serious crime. During this time, I worked as researcher for the report ‘Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?’, a joint initiative between UCD and Facing Forward.
Isabelle Pypaert Perrin
I’m native of Belgium. I joined the ATD International Volunteer Corps in 1981 and have since worked in many different countries in addition to Belgium. I helped build ATD local projects in a number of different cultural contexts in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Particularly formative for me was the opportunity to be in ATD founder Joseph Wresinski’s personal assistants team for several years. Through my work with him, I saw how ATD’s people-centred work grows, person by person. I first joined the ATD International Leadership Team in 2008 and in 2012 I was asked by dedicated Committee of members of ATD to take the role of International Director General.
I am a French national who has been living and working in Ireland for nearly forty years. I retired from Dublin City University in September 2017 where I lectured in French and Business Ethics through French and chaired various BA’s. I started volunteering with ATD Ireland in 2015 as I was already familiar with the meaningful work of ATD in France. I’m inspired and humbled by the people I meet through ATD Ireland. In 2017 I was involved in the ‘If only you knew – Stories of change’ project. This is such a powerful testimony of courage, dignity and hope in the face of exclusion and adversity. It was also a great achievement for me and many other to prepare and edit “Voices for Dignity” throughout 2018.
Gerald Doherty (Chairperson)
I have been involved with ATD International in Ireland since 2001, and I joined ATD’s Board in 2009 when the charity ATD Ireland was eventually registered in Dublin. Originally a biochemist, I became increasingly interested in social justice issues from the mid-1980s. I spent 15 years in the Dublin Simon Community as a part-time and full-time volunteer. In 1994 I gave up biochemistry to become a community worker. Since then, most of my work has been in the Dublin 1 area. I believe very strongly that we need to work towards economic and social equality, and that we have to collectively change how we live if we want to stay on this planet. I think the first step in all of this is to deepen democracy: that means always looking for new ways to give people a say in the decisions that affect them.
I spent most of my career working to combat poverty and social exclusion and promote community development. I’m really passionate about achieving a more inclusive, just, sustainable and equal society. I started as a community worker in Belfast, later I became director of both the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust and the Combat Poverty Agency. Today I serve as an expert in the European Commission and coordinator of EU-wide networks of experts on poverty and social policy. I have written extensively about poverty, community development and community relations and I train students as adjunct professor in Maynooth University. In my spare time (when I find it) I paint.
Martin Byrne (Secretary)
I’ve been involved for the past thirty years as a Christian Brother in community education in Dublin’s inner city. My interests include being a Presidents Awards Leader, a participant in the North Wall Folk Group and being a regular, slow jogger. For the past twenty years, in collaboration with the North Wall community, we have annually published books of local stories in an urban, contextual theology genre. Besides acting as a Board Member with ATD Fourth World Ireland, I serve on the Advisory Committee of the Margaret Alyward Centre for Faith and Dialogue.
In October 2018, over 15 events were organised around Ireland to mark the 2018 UN End Poverty Day.
The 2018 observance marked the 25th anniversary of the observance of the UN Day since its recognition by the UN in December 1992. In Dublin it marked the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the End Poverty Day Stone next to the Famine Statues.
The 2018 Observance took place in a year when the world remembers the legacy of key social justice leaders, among them: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Joseph Wresinski.
2018 is also the year of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Discover the 2018 gallery of pictures and video about the End Poverty Day events in Ireland here!
“Voices for Dignity” is an event, a book and also a 12 minutes video including images of the annual community gathering at the Dublin Human Rights and Poverty Stone unveiled on the 17 October 2008 on UN End Poverty Day. The video was prepared by a volunteer of ATD Ireland, Coraline Guyot, in spring 2018 ahead of the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Dublin Stone.
Read here the message of President Michael D Higgins to the participants in the Summit!
Watch the video message from David Donoghue recorded for the Summit!
On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the partners of the Make Ireland Sustainable for All held the first national conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, Human Development and Inequalities. At the conference, David Donoghue, co-facilitator in 2015 of the historic UN agreement on the Agenda 2030, launched the ATD Ireland project: the “Leave No One Behind” Conversations.
The Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the ‘Leave No One Behind’ promise provide the tools to achieve dignity and equality for every human being on this planet by 2030. Commitment and robust implementation of this Agenda is needed, however, to ensure that the plan is achieved for all people, in particular the most vulnerable. Ireland has fully committed to this global agenda, but what does this mean in practice?
With the first series of “Leave No One Behind” Conversations ATD wanted to involve citizens from all walks of life (youths, adults – including people with experience of poverty and marginalisation) to take part in conversations and help in the design of “Leave No One Behind: Walking the Talk”, a working paper presenting ways to create inclusive communities. The questions discussed during the conversations were:
1. What does the Leave No One Behind Promise mean to you?
2. How convinced are you? Do you think it’s possible? What challenges do you envision
in keeping the Promise?
3. What steps can we take in our own lives and in our own communities?
The calendar of ATD’s work is as follows: 17 April: launch of the project May-August: 10 debates organised in the country September: design of the “Leave No One Behind: Walking the Talk Working Paper” 16 October: the Leave No One Behind Summit as the world marks the #ZeroHunger and #EndPoverty Days (Working Paper to be presented at the Summit available here!)