- Oct 06 2021
- 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Little stones, Large Cairns. Sharing the UN Day for Eradication of Poverty
Why is there a stone in the centre of Glasgow marking October 17, the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty? Listen to the story unfold.
On October 17, 1987, 100 000 people from around the world gathered in Paris in the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties to unveil a large marble commemorative stone. Among them many for whom the living connections between poverty and human rights were a tangible everyday. Many for whom the journey to get there was long, unexpected and at times difficult. People calling themselves Human Rights Defenders.
Part of the text of the stone reads:
“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. It is our solemn duty to come together to ensure these rights are respected.”
Since 1992, October 17 has been officially recognised by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and many other stones have been unveiled around the world.
A day for those living with poverty and others standing in solidarity with them to state that poverty is not inevitable, is not acceptable and is a denial of human rights.
Our event shares the story of the day and how it is marked – both around the world and in here in Glasgow. Hearing from some of the people and places at it’s heart, and asking how we can all get involved.
You will be invited to find and bring a small stone, big enough to write on to the event. Even though we will be meeting online, we can still see that little stones build large cairns.