Anti-Poverty Week 2015

During Anti-Poverty Week, all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas.

It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.  In 2015,  Anti-Poverty Week is taking place from the 11th to the 17th of October, and in the ACT will focus on issues of housing affordability.

Anti-Poverty Week aims to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

YWCA Canberra is supporting Anti-Poverty Week 2015 by contributing to the Green Paper Safe & Well – Redefining the Affordable Housing Crisis, running an educational food relief drive in School Age Care facilities across the ACT and with a Mini-Expo on Emergency Relief Services at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre

Visit the Anti-Poverty Week website for more information, and to view the calendar of activities for 2015.

Resources

Safe & Well: Redefining the Housing Affordability Crisis

This Green Paper features the voices of Canberra’s private and community sector, uniting to discuss the ACT housing affordability crisis, and propose recommendations.

YWCA Canberra excerpt: Housing vulnerability for women

Media

The Canberra Times – High rents in the ACT mean some people can’t buy food or see a dentist

ABC – Smaller, affordable housing stock urgently needed in Canberra

The Canberra Times – Poverty in Canberra should not be ignored