why is poverty a social justice issue

Poverty, a key issue for social justice
Poverty is вa human condition characterised by the sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. в (United Nations) The eradication of poverty in order to achieve freedom from want has been emphasised by the UN in the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the common Preamble to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The eradication of extreme poverty is obviously a global challenge but begins on a local level by ensuring the rights of the poor to satisfy their needs. Social workers are often the ones advocating and supporting the poorest in their local communities. The United Nations and its member countries have agreed to tackle extreme poverty and related global inequities through the signing of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


These are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world s main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. The eight MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators. Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Read in detail about the Millennium Development Goals at: Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Nelson Mandella "Poverty is the worst form of violence. " Mahatma Ghandi Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit. Eli Khamarov Women do two thirds of the world's work. Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property.


They are among the poorest of the world's poor. Barber B. Conable, Jr. Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty. Kathleen Blanco It is unacceptable that someone can work full time - and work hard - and not be able to lift themselves out of poverty. Sherrod Brown It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. Mother Teresa of Calcutta In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. Nelson Mandela The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied. but written off as trash. John Berger If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. Charles Darwin The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time. Willem de Kooning Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. James A. Baldwin Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred. John Gardner The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations. Adam Smith No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger.


It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.


It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack Obama The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream Harry Kemp They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? Princess Diana The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man. George Bernard Shaw The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. G. K. Chesterton A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. W. C. Fields The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. Gilbert K. Chesterton The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. Plato

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