History of International Day for the Eradication of Hunger
ATD Fourth World founder Joseph Wresinski led the first World Day for Overcoming Poverty on October 17, 1987. The first event was held at the Humans Rights Plaza in Paris. The goal of the day is to promote awareness of the need to end poverty by giving a platform to those who live in Poverty.
In 1992, the United Nations (UN) recognized the day for the first time. The original name then changed to the International Day for the Eradication of Hunger. Today ADT Fourth World and the UN promote the day together.
This Year’s Theme
As partners this year, the UN and ADT Fourth World have announced that the theme will be “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all.” On the theme, the UN says that poverty cannot be solved without solving social inequality and correcting the current climate crisis.
Vital Role of Technology
Though the first event may have occurred in one location, in 2017 the event rose to international stature. Online and local events were attended due to internet promotion.
This year, you could participate by attending an event or using the hashtag #EndPoverty. As of today (October 18,2020,) Instagram has over 197,000 posts with this hashtag. This number of posts for a hashtag means that the public posted for the day, proving that hashtags are an effective way to engage people in a cause.
Call to Action
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