Global Citizen launches campaign to end extreme poverty
International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, yesterday, launched a campaign: End Extreme Poverty Now, with a call on governments, corporations and citizens to break the cycle of extreme poverty.
The campaign is aimed at addressing the issue of extreme poverty focusing on three critical areas: empowerment of adolescent girls across the world, breaking systemic barriers that keep people trapped in poverty and taking action on climate change.
Supported by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama and Former Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the campaign will feature a calendar of major global events.
These will include the presentation of the Global Citizen Prize, the Global Citizen NOW Leadership Summit, the 10th Anniversary Global Citizen Concert in both New York and Africa, and the Global Citizen G20 Summit, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia.
Throughout 2022, Global Citizen will also rally millions of citizens to demand that the world’s top political and business leaders stop delaying action with longer-term timelines and focus on what we need to do here and now.
Country Director, Global Citizen, Maimuna Maine, said in Lagos at the launch that the campaign will meet the needs of young women with immediate support for school meals, access to education, and health, including sexual and reproductive health services.
Speaking on breaking the systemic barrier in the health sector to end poverty, Chief Executive Officer, HelpMum, Dr. Abiodun Adereni, said the nation’s primary healthcare centres (PHCs) need to be functional. “Currently, in Nigeria, we have about 30,000 PHCs and only 20 per cent of these are functional.”
On breaking systemic barrier to food security, nutrition, and livelihoods, the founder, of Lagos Food Bank, Michael Sunbola, said food security should be prioritised by directing significant climate adaptation resources to rural communities and smallholder farmers.
Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), Yemi Adamolekun, emphasised on political education, urging all non-governmental organisations to pay attention to government policies and governance issues as their interventions would help the citizenry make informed decisions.
Expressing his support for the initiative, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said: “It is alarming to learn that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the very rich were getting richer and the very poor, poorer. This is untenable and a threat to the future of mankind. Global Citizen is right; we must be our brothers’ keepers. We must act right now!”