Thank You Dominique and Françoise!

We share our gratitude for Dominique and Françoise, ATD full-time volunteers, who spent 5 years in Dublin and who are joining today the ATD team in Montreal (http://www.atdquartmonde.ca/). . We are really sad to see you go! Thank you for coming into our lives, and showing us what it is like out there for people in poverty. You are an inspiration for women around the world. Rachel for the women of the Saol project It is definitely a loss for Ireland and a gain for Canada! I have always been impressed by your determination and your courage and your gentleness. At…

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UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to Leave No One Behind

Responding to the invitation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Diana Skelton, Deputy General Director of ATD International, was a guest speaker at the Conference "A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality - An All Island Perspective". She presented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. "Adopted in September 2012 by the UN Human Rights Council, the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty provide for the first time, global policy guidelines. These focus specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty", said Diana…

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Become a supportive partner for those facing severe and persistent poverty in the EU

Dublin, 20th May 2014 . Dear Candidates, . In a few days time, the election results will tell how Ireland will be represented at the European Parliament. We wish you every success in these final campaigning days in recognition of your strong  commitments to a range of important issues. Whether elected or not, we would like to invite you to become for the coming five years a supportive partner for those many European citizens facing severe and persistent poverty, and who are at risk of deeper social exclusion. With the anti-poverty and human rights non-governmental organisation, ATD Ireland, and other like-minded organisations, you could join us to: - Support the continuation at the European…

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Intensive week for the International Committee for October 17 gathered in Dublin.

The work of the International Committee for October 17 ended in Newry at the All Island conference on Poverty and Human Rights On the last day of the meeting of the International Committee for the Day for Eradication of Poverty (from 12th to 16th May in Dublin), Diana Skelton, Committee member from USA, presented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Responding to the invitation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Diana Skelton was a guest speaker at the Conference "A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty…

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International Gathering on Extreme Poverty to be Held in Dublin

The International Committee for October 17 and Irish Community Groups Gather in Dublin to Promote International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Venue: Sheriff Youth Club, 1 Commons Street, North Wall, Dublin 1 Date: Wednesday, 14th May 2014.  Time: 10.30am In 1992, the United Nations recognised the 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since then, governments, local authorities, members of civil society and the private sector have recognized the importance of this International Day, which has become a key rallying point for a growing number of citizens from all backgrounds and organizations, in the fight to…

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ATD at Conference on Human Rights, Poverty and Social Inequality, 16 May 2014

The IHRC and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will organise a joint conference on A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality  - An All Island Perspective at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry, 9am to 4pm, Friday 16 May 2014. The conference will focus on the nature, extent and experience of poverty and social inequality in particular food poverty, inadequate housing and debt. It will highlight the importance of protecting and vindicating economic, social and cultural rights in times of economic crisis. Read conference programme for details. To register to participate please email: rsvp@ihrc.ie

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Real empowerment comes from a real idea of equality

"We have to find ways to build meaning for people if they are going to have success in life." From 28th April to 2nd May ATD in the United States will be sharing the thoughts of members and friends on questions relating to empowerment. The week of April 28th, ATD is running a US campaign on Facebook and Twitter called #Unheard Voices. It will bring the experiences of people in poverty to the forefront, even if just for a short time. If it's going to be a success, ATD needs your help. All through the week US ATD volunteers will be…

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Working together to design and build a Europe without poverty and exclusion

At a time when many European citizens are asking challenging questions about Europe, a group of people living in a situation of poverty and social exclusion set out to gain a better understanding of what Europe is doing to ensure that life improves for the most vulnerable members of society. Over several months, they worked in partnership with others who were prepared to stand in solidarity with them, including people who held positions of responsibility at the European level. Centring their discussions around contributions based on the life experiences of people living in poverty, they prepared themselves in order to be…

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In Bangui: Taking On Our Own Responsability

ATD latest update on the Central African Republic is a great summary of everything going on with our team there right now - please read and share to spread the news! So much has changed over the past year in the Central African Republic. Last March the government was overthrown and since December a new round of conflict and uncertainty has affected millions of lives. But what does this mean for the daily struggles of ordinary people? .For Gertrude, a friend of ATD Fourth World, it means that she has to travel greater distances to run her small business. Most of…

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Challenge 2015: Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind

“Even in extreme poverty, a person has ideas. If these ideas aren’t recognized, people fall even deeper into poverty.” Research participant from Burkina Faso “There is plenty of aid here, but they give it out without knowing who are the worst off, so the poorest are often not aided at all. This aid creates jealousy, divides our community, and ends up isolating the poorest even more and worsening their situation.” Research participant from Senegal   The result of ATD's participatory research on the Millennium Development Goals, Challenge 2015: Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind, brings the voices of people…

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