On 1st August 2015 ATD Ireland on behalf of the 17 October Committee (www.17october.ie) launched the project “The Roles We Play, Here and There”. Project will promote the new Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted during the “European Year for Development”. “The Roles We Play, Here and There” will also celebrate the contribution of people in poverty in their communities and for the implementation of the new Global News!
Project is funded by the ATD Foundation and by the EU through the European Year for Development Sub-Granting Scheme. The scheme is operated by the Civil Society Alliance and Concord.
Project “The Roles We Play, Here and There” aims:
– to promote the new Sustainable Development Goals and to invite citizens worldwide to share via Twitter what “roles” they will play to help implement and achieve these new goals.
– to foster among citizens and stake holders of the Island of Ireland a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity in the context of the post 2015 agenda.
– to recognise, celebrate the contribution of people from very poor communities in development and peace building, here and there.
– to question and modify the “othering” narratives: “us” and “them”, “North” and “South”, “we” and “the poor” in “development” and “poverty” discourses.
-To challenge the conventional thinking that separates discussion of poverty found in the Global North from that prevalent in the Global South by tackling the similar emotional experience of the “shame of poverty”.
– to contribute to the observance on the Island of Ireland of the World Food Day (16 October) and the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) and promote on these days the messages and spirit of the “European Year for Development”
Main activities of the project are:
– A Social media campaign #RolesWePlay #EYD2015 – starting early in October 2015.
– A photos and video Exhibition “The Roles We Play, Here and There” to be presented in Dublin and in Belfast (October – November 2015)
– A Seminar “From Shame to Dignity – Let’s make it possible for everyone to play a role” – co-organised with Trinity College Dublin and the Trinity International Development Initiative – on World Food Day, Friday 16th October 2015
– A Candlelight Vigil at the Famine Memorial and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Dublin “UN Goals are our Goals – we have a role to play”, to mark World Food Day and #EndPoverty Day, Friday 16th October 2015
– A cross-community gathering “Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future – Leave No One Behind” at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone Dublin to mark #EndPoverty Day, 17th October 2015
the project on Facebook!