Challenge Poverty Week
October 13, 2014
Challenge Poverty Week runs from 12th to 18th October and is an opportunity for organisations and individuals to highlight the issues and opportunities in addressing poverty and income inequality in Scotland and across the world.
More than 800,000 people live in poverty in Scotland alone, according to The Poverty Alliance, which runs the campaign.
The week itself is about highlighting the reality of poverty, challenging the stereotypes and demonstrating what is being done and what can be done further to get more people out of poverty. It also coincides with the UN's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the 17th October.
The Poverty Alliance highlight five key messages for the week:
- Poverty is a real problem in Scotland, affecting large and growing numbers of people;
- Wide inequalities between groups and individuals damages our whole society;
- Poverty is created by the decisions we make as a society;
- People living on low incomes have a voice and should be heard;
- Change is possible
They encourage organisations and people to get involved and raise awareness of the week. SCDC and CHEX are just some of the many organisations backing the campaign.