Int’l Day for Poverty Eradication

Laraib Hameed

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognised by the United Nations,but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinsk (1917–1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.
The text engraved in the stone reads as follows: Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. – Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of ATD Fourth World. Poverty is one of the major social problems which Pakistan is facing. It is one of the most important and sensitive issue not only for Pakistan but for the whole world. Poverty can cause other social problems like theft, bribe, corruption, adultery, lawlessness, injustice etc. It is the fundamental obligation and responsibility of the State to fulfil the basic needs of its people. Basic needs of a man include shelter, food and clothing.
When these needs are not fulfilled, they bring about problems termed as socio-economic problems. Pakistan has also been suffering from these problems since long. The real issue is not the existence of these problems in society, but the apathetic attitude towards their solution. When these problems are not solved timely, it leads to defiant behaviour, drug abuse, smuggling, corruption, poverty, illiteracy and many other social evils. Any solution!
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