On Day for Eradication of Poverty, UN urges more support for marginalized people
The United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October with senior officials urging greater support for people struggling to escape poverty and build better lives. The theme for 2013 is “Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty.” This year's commemoration recognizes that people living in poverty are also critical partners for tackling the world's development challenges.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Ms. Magdalena Sepúlveda, called on States to tackle the deep-rooted causes of gender inequality and women's greater vulnerability to poverty. She urged governments to ensure that unpaid care is better supported and more equitably shared between women and men. “When women undertake a disproportional amount of unpaid care, they have very little time to [access] their rights to education and decent work on an equal basis with men. This entrenches women's poverty and social exclusion,” she said.

More information: http://undesadspd.org/Poverty/InternationalDayfortheEradicationofPoverty/2013.aspx

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