Sunday, 7 October 2007

October 17th is the day you can mark on your calendar

It is the day which will be celebrated in over 100 countries, the day to stand up and speak out against poverty and inequality. It is the day to demand that the governments keep their promise to eradicate poverty by 2015.

From workers to students, women’s groups to community groups, people will call on political leaders to deliver more and better aid to the poorest nations, implement fairer trade conditions, cancel debt, and ensure gender equality as well as greater transparency and accountability from their governments.

They will speak through music, political meetings and using banners, A new piece of choral music, The Poverty Requiem, will be performed in a global chain of performances in over 25 countries. Delegations will meet politicians to present their demands to end poverty and on four continents International Women's Tribunals on Poverty will be held to raise awareness of gender issues. Elsewhere, groups are making giant Banners Against Poverty with messages for leaders and later linking these on key global mobilization dates.

Events are being planned in over 100 countries. These will range from major rallies and concerts to gatherings in school assemblies, town halls and refugee camps. Participants will be asked to register for the Guinness challenge in the 24-hour period from 9pm GMT on October 16th to 9pm GMT on October 17th.

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