Three Days to Remember

12 Oct 2011   |   Blog   |   Long-term Development

Tags:  Poverty, food crisis, Women and development, food security, MDGs   |   No comments


On 15, 16 and 17 October there are three United Nations (UN) recognised days that are aimed at raising awareness for people in developing countries - International Day of Rural Women; World Food Day, and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Here’s a snapshot on how Caritas Australia is assisting with these different, yet intrinsically linked, areas:

International Day of Rural Women (15 October)

We are working in many developing countries to overcome the entrenched marginalisation of women and empower them with the tools they need to lead a safe and healthy life.

Our projects include: livelihood skills training; education; medical and health services; safe clean water, so the time spent collecting water (up to six hours every day) are reduced; psychosocial support and maternal health projects such as the Safe Motherhood Program in Bangladesh.

Real Life: Rosa’s Story
Rosa lives with her husband and five children in Bolivia's isolated Yuquí-Yuracaré Indigenous Community Lands where poverty and social inequality are a daily reality. In these isolated river communities, Caritas Australia helps people access their rights to build sustainable futures. Read Rosa's story to see how an innovative community tourism project helped the Yuquí-Yuracaré achieve empowerment as a people.

World Food Day ‘From Crisis to Stability’ (16 October)

Can you imagine life without food? Food sustains life, while hunger and malnutrition stunts growth and significantly increases disease, infection and mortality.

Access to food should be a basic human right. And there is enough food grown on the planet to meet the nutritional needs of every person. However, with the current increase in food prices, food security is threatened in many developing countries. In fact, according to the World Bank, in 2010-2011 rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty.

For many years, Caritas Australia has helped vulnerable communities become self-sustainable, as well as responded to emergencies with life-giving aid. Hardest hit is drought-affected East Africa where over 13 million people are in desperate need of the basic essentials – food and water. The current crisis in East Africa is so severe that it has prompted the Australian Government to match, Dollar-for-Dollar, any public donations specifically for East Africa (until 30 November 2011). Donate today and double your money (all donations $2 and over are tax-deductable).

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October)

At the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, 189 heads of government agreed to an eight-step action plan for halving world poverty in 15 years. Called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight steps are:

1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger – Halve the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day. Halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015.

2. Achieve Universal Access to Education – Ensure that all children complete primary school.

3. Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women – Ensure girls have the same access to primary and secondary school as boys by 2015.

4. Reduce Child Mortality – Cut infant and child deaths by two-thirds by 2015.

5. Improve Maternal Health – Reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters by 2015.

6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases – Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015. Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases by 2015.

7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability – Reverse the loss of environmental resources and reduce the loss of biodiversity. Halve the proportion of the population lacking access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development – Address trade, debt, aid, public health and technology issues to promote economic growth and reduce poverty by 2015.

Supporting Caritas Australia means you are supporting the empowerment of rural women, providing nutritious food for vulnerable people and helping eradicate poverty. Donate today. Together we can make a difference.

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