International Day for Overcoming Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, officially recognized by the United Nations, is observed every year on 17th October. This day gives a voice to the poor, to those who are usually left to cope with their troubles alone or even regarded as being at fault. "This is our day. We can express what's in our hearts without shame, without embarrassment", said one participant. This day provides them with an opportunity to speak out, to talk about the appalling conditions in which they live, their daily trials and tribulations, and their hopes. Poverty can only be beaten with the involvement of those affected by it first-hand.