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Invite to A Free Public Forum on Poverty and Human Rights

14-10-2008 by Tracy Anderson

Invite to A Free Public Forum on Poverty and Human Rights

On October 17, 2008, Amnesty International will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by hosting a conference in conjunction with the BC Council for International Cooperation. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative, CoDevelopment Canada, and Dietitians of Canada, BC Region.

The conference will focus on the link between human rights and poverty. Amnesty International has said:

The fact that poverty persists in many parts of the world points not only to an inequitable distribution of economic, social and political opportunities, but also to a violation of human rights. Often the condition of poverty also affects the ability of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals, families and groups to defend their rights and responsibilities. The violation of human rights is thus both a cause and consequence of poverty.

The conference will unpack this idea by spending the day looking at poverty on a local and international level and what various organizations and individuals are doing and can do regarding this issue. Guest speakers are from the host organizations as well as from Oxfam Canada, Pivot Legal, CoDevelopment Canada, Engineers without Borders, Positive Women’s Network, and CityWide Housing Coalition.

The conference will also include a media event for Making Poverty History. The participants will Stand Up Against Poverty at 12 noon. This Stand Up action is timed with other Stand Ups across the country on this day.

Amnesty invites everyone interested or curious in this subject matter to come to the conference (details below). If, however, school, work or other commitments will not allow this, you can help organize your own Stand Up Against Poverty event at your school or workspace (just be sure to ask your teachers or bosses first). Visit for more information on the what and how to.

Ending Poverty: the Right to Human Dignity
Friday October 17, 2008
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
8:30AM – 3:30

Cost: 10$ donation to cover lunch costs appreciated

For more information contact Don Wright at or 604-294-5160.

TRACY ANDERSON is currently an intern at Amnesty International’s Pacific Regional Office.