With women on equal footing, we stand a chance of eliminating poverty (ecard) is the message of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Women’s Funding Network in support of gender equality to eliminate poverty on 17 October 2007 – UN World Poverty Day.
A Millenium Development Goal was set in 2000 to halve world poverty by 2015. It is now 2007, half way to the deadline and many organisations are realising that there is a long way to go if this goal is to be met or surpassed.
Together with Stand Up & Speak Out, a worldwide call to take action to be counted in the 24-hour world record for people standing up against poverty (Tue 16 Oct 2007, 21:00 GMT to Wed 17 Oct 2007, 21:00 GMT), is not only to beat the previous Guinness Record of 23 million, but for people to “literally and symbolically Stand Up and Speak Out demanding their governments keep their promises to end extreme poverty.”
The equality of opportunity for women has been identified as one issue of the complex puzzle of poverty. World Poverty Day creates awareness of other pieces of the puzzle, and the different ways extreme poverty is or is not being addressed.