A different perspective of poverty

Bearing in mind that this Sunday is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I would like to devote one blog entry to the cause.

If you would have asked me how to eradicate poverty one year ago, I would hav answered what most people do today: through charity and projects. It’s not that I disagree, it’s just that I’ve started to see the whole picture now. I’ve seen that poverty is not just a question of money, but of being at the bottom of society. It’s a question of Human Rights abuse every single day, from the moment you don’t have something to eat til the moment you don’t know where to sleep or if you’re “lucky”, when you should be expecting your eviction. On top of that you probably live in slum where the only “security” you have is obeying the law of the street. As if it’s not enough that your stomach is aching of hunger, you once and then get a punch instead of food in the same place.

Just yesterday I was reading in my schoolbook (in Political Science) about the relationship between money and power, and it stroke me once again that the ones at the bottom of society are the ones who most often are being pushed further down. It makes me sad to think that we once had a voting system based on income in Sweden, it makes me even sader to think that this is the truth still around the world. Although maybe it’s not a direct link to money anymore, but of neglected rights to power through lack of education and time (when you have to survive everyday, time is never enough).

Amnesty’s campaign Demand Dignity adresses the problems I have tried to illuminate above, but in a much broader aspect. Amnesty claims that Human Rights abuses keep people in poverty, by depriving them of their rights and their inclusion in society. Often decisions are made behind the backs of the poor people who get affected by the same decisions. This is not the Dignity that they deserve.

You can read more about the campaign on http://www.amnesty.org/en/demand-dignity .

Make each voice and life count equally!

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