European Anti-Poverty Network wants to involve the whole of society in the fight against exclusion

“Now, more than ever, is the time to implement long-term structural changes and put people at the center of policies”

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) will launch an awareness campaign focused on the two million poor people in Portugal and on people who, even when employed, are unable to support themselves, demanding the involvement of civil society and the Government.

The campaign is part of a set of 130 initiatives, to be developed between Monday and October 24th, with which the Network will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th).

“#POBREPOVO”, the campaign that will be on the streets of Portugal, features black and white posters with real situations. Videos will also be released on social media, with testimonies from people who work part-time and are unable to pay all the necessary expenses.

According to data presented by EAPN, 339.000 children live in situations of poverty or social exclusion, a condition that affects 502.000 elderly people.

These and other messages will appear on the posters, such as “One in two adults in poverty is employed”.

The organization takes advantage of the date to reinforce “the urgency” of adopting effective measures to combat poverty and to raise awareness among the population to get involved in an issue that can affect anyone, at a certain point in their lives.

As part of the planned initiatives, the XV National Forum to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion will be held next week (Tuesday and Wednesday), in Coimbra.

“The increase in the cost of living is increasingly reflected in the daily lives of the Portuguese”, highlighted the organization’s national coordinator, Maria José Vicente, quoted in a statement.

The EAPN Portugal National Forum is presented as a moment of dialogue and reflection with people in situations of poverty and with the entities responsible for social policies.

This year's edition (15th) will have the motto “Fighting Poverty: a National Desire”. The rise in the prices of energy, food and fuel generate “direct and immediate impacts on families”, highlighted EAPN.

The analysis of these impacts will be reflected in a publication to be launched on Wednesday, under the title “Que Vida É Esta?”, authored by the National Council of Citizens of EAPN Portugal.

“Now, more than ever, it is time to implement long-term structural changes and put people at the center of policies”, defended the national coordinator.