In order to eradicate poverty, we need the participation of those who live it. But this participation is only possible if those who work in governmental offices or international organisations; places of decision-making, are ready to open doors for those living in poverty. This story shows us how Grace learnt from people living in poverty, how meetings and experiences helped forge her path, from her law studies to working at UNICEF, in Manila, in the Philippines.
With the International Movement ATD Fourth World, working in close relation with urban communities in extreme poverty, she came to realise the injustice and daily struggles these communities have to face up to. Her story makes us understand how important it is for everyone to seek to understand the lives of people living poverty. This understanding is crucial towards overcoming poverty, for the recognition of the experience and knowledge of people in poverty, in order for political and social advances.