UN Day for the Eradication of World Poverty 2023
Sr Veronica Rafferty, lay Dominican and volunteer Anne Keating, Sr Marie McHugh, Roselin and Beauty from the Young Mothers’ Network, Marie Williams from the Justice Office Ireland and Lara Kelly from the Congregation Justice Office, marking October 17th, UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at an event at the Famine Memorial in Dublin.
The event included testimonies based on lived experiences of poverty and socio-economic discrimination, speeches, music and songs, and was an important moment to listen to the words and expertise of those with an experience of poverty.
The theme of the gathering was “Let Dignity be Our Compass”, and speakers highlighted key areas which are important for respecting the dignity of all, with specific demands for:
– Zero discrimination
– Affordable accommodation
– A minimum standard of income
– Dignified work and opportunities to participate