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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2006 SENDS THE MESSAGE TO FIGHT POVERTY – BUT FOR NAVI MUMBAI IT WAS JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY

The awareness of the stranglehold of poverty on billions of men, women and children around the world, and of how this state of deprivation and misery compromises our common future, has never been higher. Hence, Human Rights Day 2006 emphasizes upon fighting poverty together. On this Human Rights Day, the message was clear. Fighting poverty is a duty that binds those who govern as surely as their obligation to ensure that all people are able to speak freely, choose their leaders and worship as their conscience guides them. The world has come together to take immediate measures to fight poverty based on human rights. It is important that communities come together to remove barriers of discrimination and help pave way to ensure the opportunity to decent work to all. Especially women and minorities should be given easy access to essential services. This can be achieved by good governance, where leaders should help tackle corruption and ensure the rule of law, are within the reach of every citizen in every state. In a world where one in every seven people continues to live in chronic hunger, and where inequalities between and within countries are growing, the goal to ‘make poverty history’ will remain in serious doubt if poverty is not tackled as a matter of justice and human rights. For a country like India, where the disparity between the rich and the poor is widening, the theme of Human Rights Day is an awakening call. No NGO took the trouble of creating awareness of the day’s message. Being a Sunday, the so-called NGOs and social activists including the local administration chose to stay indoors and the day’s message of fighting poverty was totally lost, yet once again.

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