On 17 October 2018 we mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
It is important to recall at this time the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.
At RESULTS, we believe that the building blocks leading to the end of poverty include the rights to health, education and economic opportunity.
We believe that regardless of where they live, what they do and who they are people, have a right to affordable, accessible and safe health care and education, and also have a right to economic opportunities that are realistic, decent and backed by financial services.
In our view there is a direct link between human rights, extreme poverty and social transformation. Wherever extreme poverty exists and marginalised and vulnerable groups struggle to survive, we will find people with their human rights denied, as well as access to the basic tenets of sustainable development curtailed, such as health, education, potable water, sanitation and hygiene.
As we commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us come together with one resolve to reach those who wake up daily to confront extreme poverty, hunger, and disease, where human rights are non-existent and in many cases poorly understood. We must reenergise our efforts to reach the furthest behind.
As an advocacy organisation, we firmly believe that this involves a partnership between many actors that builds a global movement for equity, based on the experience of individuals as well as governments, setting their own priorities and using their own personal and political power for change.