Poverty: the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Poverty is clearly seen around the world; however the European Anti-Poverty Network is a strong force in changing this condition in the EU, improving the lives of those who suffer at its hands. The European Anti-Poverty Network has a full grasp of poverty’s meaning, and is fighting to remove it from society in order to give those in need a better quality of life. There are several key factors that make a person at risk to be defined as living in poverty, however most could not fathom that it would exist in a region such as the EU.
EAPN Working to Eradicate Poverty and Advocate for Those in Need
In the EU, poverty is of great concern no matter the form, absolute or relative. Absolute equates to those people lacking for the basic needs simply to survive, proper housing, sufficient clothing, nutrition, medicines. While relative equates to those that do not have the ability to live a normal quality of life simply because their income or education does not allow it.
A few of the key factors leading to an impoverished condition include unemployment or low-paying jobs, little education and skill, family types such as single parent households or larger families, women who tend to earn a lesser income, disabilities and health issues, immigrants and those living in disadvantaged communities are amongst the major key players leading to an impoverished condition. The EAPN is working to change those conditions and ensure the risks are eliminated.
Being at the helm of eradicating poverty, the EAPN has seen great strides when it comes to eliminating the stereotypes, raising awareness and combatting social exclusion where individuals are denied various rights, opportunities or resources that are readily available to those in a different socioeconomic status. Observance of human rights to all people despite their economic condition is a priority within the EAPN.
Addressing poverty issues at the core, raising public awareness, solid working partnerships, are pertinent to their cause and they utilize every resource possible. Tackling poverty and social exclusion require strategic planning of which the EAPN has in place, and is working to make the difference. Education plays a large role in this organization as they are enlightening people as a whole to understand the causes of poverty along with its serious consequences.
The Impact of Poverty on People and Families
Beings most do not fully understand the impact poverty has on people, families, the EAPN educates on how the circumstance highly affects not only the struggle to survive day-to-day, but how it affects a person’s overall health both physically and mentally. The organization does so by being the advocate, the voice against social injustice and the right to dignity.
Lobbying for the people does not only mean becoming that voice, or educating the public and government on how poverty is created and its harsh impact, it also means engaging the people who suffer. Assisting in national decision making, being a part of the process holds a greater impact for the cause. Helping to lobby for more effective policies, telling their stories, and the organizations involved seeing and hearing first hand by those affected, help guide the strategy on this war in the right direction. EAPN’s General Assembly provides the overall direction followed up by its Executive Committee and Bureau. Bringing together 31 anti-poverty networks working together to bring solutions, making the difference in the lives of the people.
The results of the European Anti-Poverty Network
Of course, changing lives has been the greatest result thus far, showing abundant signs of recovery. Structural reforms, strategic plans have proven evident results, focusing on skills and equal opportunity along with fair working conditions and supporting wage growth, the priorities of the EAPN remain unmoved.
- New articles in the EU Treaties which are a set of international treaties between the European Union which have been developed and amended to the development of Social Protection.
- Development of the EU Inclusion Strategy which pertains to Social Protection and Social Strategy including support and progress.
- Adoption of the Partnership Principle in Structural Funds and ensuring this principle is implemented.
- An increase in participation of impoverished people being recognized in the annual European of Meetings of People Experiencing Poverty.
- 2010 being uniquely designated as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
- Adopting and designed a European headline designated to reduce poverty in a what is called a Europe 2020 Strategy, an agenda for growth and employment which includes educational opportunity. This strategy overcomes structural weakness and helps to create a sustainable social economy.
These are just to name a few of the great strides the EAPN has made. They continue to change lives, break barriers, inspire the world, and make a vast difference.