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Stand up against poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty took place last week on the 17 October.

To commemorate the day, a huge number of Concern staff from around the world were involved in various activities, speaking out about the injustice of poverty.

At the time, the editor’s blog covered a lot of these events, including the demonstration in London and Dublin. Read the report here. Since then, loads of information and new photos have been sent to the web team. The photos can be viewed in the slideshow at the bottom of this page.

The Concern team in Pakistan marked the day by organising a discussion group on poverty and by making a video of messages around the themes of poverty and gender inequality. They also organised an event with Balochistan Gender Network in Quetta. In Laos, Concern teams in both Vientaine and Bokeo gathered together to mark the day.

In Glasgow, a number of poverty campaigners, including Concern’s Azra Sheikh, met with Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development. The aim of this meeting was to work with Mr Alexander to ensure the UK government takes a leading role in the international arena to promote fair trade, debt relief and better quality of aid. Most importantly, the meeting was set up to certify that the Millennium Development Goals will not be forgotten.