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GCAP Statement on the ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October’

The ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’ is very important for GCAP as it aligns with our global strategy and objective. The new GCAP with a renewed mandate commits itself to work towards not only eradicating poverty but to also fight rising inequality with new vigour and commitment.The presence of poverty, insecurity and inequalities continues to be a scandal in a world where knowledge and resources exist to ensure healthy and dignified lives for all.  While a few consume in an extremely unsustainable manner and accumulate soaring wealth, billions of others have no access to adequate food, safe drinking water, proper sanitation, housing, health, education, security and justice.Women, children and socially excluded people still comprise the vast majority of people living in poverty and face harsh discrimination - and often violence - on a daily basis.  It is also worrying that women lack economic empowerment and social protection and continue to live in a context that places them in a situation of vulnerability to violence patriarchy both in home and in society. Furthermore, today, marginalization is seen everywhere – from the poorest to the richest countries. Large-scale migration, displacements and the sharp increase in the number of refugees - resulting from poverty, conflicts and environmental degradation - is an alarming result of these trends. 

From Labour Rights to Citizen Participation - the first 16 days of May Mobilisations

01 May - Socially Excluded Groups and Labour Rights

Lead by the GCAP Socially Excluded Task Force the day saw women and men workers from dalit, adivasis and other excluded communities across India take to the streets to demand decent work and a dignified wage.  People on the ground and online created a unified chain linking fingers and calling for an ambitious SDG to stop discrimination and ensure equality in work spaces, dignified work and a decent wage for all by 2030.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actions also took place in Ghana, Pakistan, Kenya and Costa Rica Very exciting news came from action/2015 Kenya where the President agreed on a 12% Pay Increase for workers!

“The present system of governance has made labourer and working class vulnerable even though the wealth of the nation was built on the theft of their land and from their work in the farms, mines and factories,” said Kenneth Amoateng of GCAP Ghana during a mobilisation event in Accra, “The time has come for politicians to talk to the labourer and working class openly and honestly to ensure the enhancement of the dignity of the Ghanaian labour force.”

The Elephant is Waiting!



GCAP Europe prepares for the action/2015 stunt on Tuesday, 26 May at 12pm, at the Schuman Roundabout in Brussels. Join us! 

In our Financing for Development campaign, we are fighting for different issues such as tax justice for transnational companies. At this moment, it is crucial to ask the EU to keep commitments for more and better aid by 2020. The EU might drop them. The Elephant in the room is waiting at the GCAP Office in Brussels to walk to the EU. Please join the protest of the Elephant in the room in Brussels and around the world!

Launch of action/2015!

30 GCAP National Coalitions participated in the launch of action/2015 (in addition to GCAP Europe, the Global Secretariat and Council, the Feminist Task Force and the Socially Excluded Task Force of GCAP) - on the streets and on social media.

30 GCAP National Coalitions participated in the launch of action/2015. Also GCAP Europe, the Global Secretariat and Council, the Feminist Task Force and the Socially Excluded Task Force of GCAP launched action/2015 - on the streets and on social media.

Action/2015 - Launching Today

BE PART OF THE ACTION! 
 
We are launching the action/2015 campaign today! Across the globe, in some 50 countries - from Nicaragua to Indonesia to Tanzania - GCAP National Coalitions and Task Forces together with other civil society activists launch action/2015 to end poverty, inequalities and climate change. 
 
  • Join the digital launch with GCAP on twitter on 15th January from 2:30-3:00 GMT for a discussion of 15 solutions for 2015.  Bring your questions, answers, comments and share with your coalitions, organisations, friends, family and colleagues. 
  • Use the #action2015 and help us Tweet about how to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Mutual Accountability: Data on its own is not enough

Numbers on their own are not enough.

As Post-2015 deliberations focus on a Data 'Revolution', GCAP is leading an effort to remind leaders that data gathering and analysis must be grounded in transparency, freedom of speech and mutual accountability.

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"It is critical to involve people living with hunger and in poverty in the governance and decision-making processes," Paul Zeist testified before the United Nations, "so their perspectives are used to improve policies, programmes and mutual accountability.  If citizens are enabled to pay attention, respond, engage and take responsibility and action, then everyone can be empowered to foster an enabling environment for accelerating impact."  

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