Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia, and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
There is a strong link between poverty and homelessness. Where people are unable to work, or do work but receive low or insecure incomes, they are often simply unable to afford housing in the private market. What’s more, more than one in five people being supported by Victorian homelessness services last year were children under the age of 18.
Anti-Poverty Week will mark its 20th anniversary this year by calling on Parliamentarians to commit to halve child poverty by 2030. This means meeting our international commitments to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals).
This Anti-Poverty Week, you can help to urge all Parliamentarians to legislate to halve child poverty by 2030 with measurable targets and actions to achieve this goal by downloading the Halve Child Poverty Pledge, write your name in a thick texta, take a close-up photo of you holding it and post it on social media.