ATD Fourth World works to overcome the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion by bringing together people from all walks of life, learning from people who face poverty every day, and running family and community projects.
Persistent poverty can be eradicated. It can be done by working in partnership with people living in poverty. We work on the grassroots level in over 34 countries and in six areas of the US, and maintain consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO.
“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” – Joseph Wresinski
To ensure that the voices of children were present in the discussion of the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kathleen from ATD Fourth World New York spoke at the United Nations recently.
Representing child activists for ATD Fourth World, Kathleen shared her opinion on the definition of poverty:
“People believe that money is the main and only factor of poverty and I know firsthand that this is not so. Poverty is living in an environment ridden with stigma and stereotypes, people not respecting your worth and value because they cannot see past your clothing and where you live. People judge others because of what they see, rather than what they know of that person… if people took more caution in the way they treat people in poverty, it would alleviate the suffocating hold poverty has on the people who are in it.”