The plight of an estimated 5.2 billion people who live in poverty, including 2.2 million Australians, will be the focus of Anti-Poverty Week at UNSW from October 13-17.
A range of organisations including Muslim Aid Australia, Australian Volunteers International, UNICEF, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development and Amnesty International will take part in the activities, culminating with the UN's International Anti-Poverty Day (Friday 17 October).
Part of a national initiative, the week aims to strengthen public understanding of the cause and consequences of poverty and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems.
The Social Justice Project in the Faculty of Law is coordinating the week at UNSW. The program's National Chair, UNSW Professor Julian Disney, says he hopes the Australia-wide initiative will "heighten awareness of poverty and encourage community involvement in combating it".
Among the events at UNSW:
Islamic Finance and Zakat: A Solution to Global Poverty?
Venue: Macauley Theatre Room 1027, 1-2 pm
Guest speaker: sponsored by the UNSW Islamic Society (ISOC)
Muslim Aid Australia -Islamic Zakat in Practice
What is poverty and what are we doing about it?
Venue: CLB 4, 5-6pm
Duncan McDuie-Ra Introduction to poverty
Cara Bevington Oxfam Representative
Sponsored by the UNSW OXFAM Society
International Perspectives on Poverty and Development
Venue: Law Building Room 101, 1-2pm
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Paul Redmond
Professor of Law Ross Buckley -International Debt Crisis
Senior Lecturer Gillian Moon
Freedom from Poverty: An Essential Human Right?
Poverty and Human Dignity: 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Venue: Law Building Room 101, 11-1pm
Speaker: Amnesty International Dignity Campaign Coordinator, Sarah Marland and a panel of international and Australian academics: Dr Ineke Boerefijn, Dr Jacqueline Mowbray and Dr Thalia Anthony.
Sponsored by UNSW AMNESTY International
The State v Private Sector in Poverty Alleviation
Venue:Library Lawn, 1-2pm
Students battle it out in the Great Poverty Debate! - sponsored by UNSW DEBSOC and UNSOC
Ever wanted to eradicate poverty?
Venue:CLB 3, 1-2pm
Participating groups:Australian Volunteers International, UNICEF, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development, Gawad Kalinga
Crime and Poverty
Venue: LAWS 101, 1-2pm
Anna Hartree (KLC) - Community Legal Centres' vital work to assist the poor
Professor David Brown - Crime and Poverty
Sky Rose - Can Pro Bono really assist the poor?
Venue: Squarehouse, 2-3pm
All proceeds go to fund GreenScarfDay.com community projects
For more information go to the Anti-Poverty Week website
Media contact: Steve Offner | 9385 8107 | firstname.lastname@example.org