The key findings of The Salvation Army’s 2016 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) report for Victoria will be released during national Anti-Poverty Week, held 16–22 October.
This is just one of hundreds of events scheduled as part of the week, which was established in Australia in 2002 as an expansion of the United Nation’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day (17 October).
Anti-Poverty Week’s purpose is to encourage the community to organise or take part in activities to work towards overcoming issues of poverty and hardship in Australia and overseas. It also aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship, and encourage research, discussion and action to address these issues.
More than a million Australians are affected by severe hardship and more than a billion people around the world live in desperate poverty.
Last year, more than 450 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week, with more than 600 organisations convening or sponsoring an activity.
Events include forums, information sessions, walk against poverty (Brisbane), the Newcastle rough sleeper registry, Salvation Army Moneycare mini expos (ACT, NSW and Qld), The Big Issue Street Soccer Cup (East Perth) and microfinance forum (Brisbane) and photo essay competition (SA).
For a full list of activities around Australia, go to www.antipovertyweek.org.au/calendar-of-activities.