Poverty Is Not A Gesture Of Charity Essay

1054 Words Sep 10th, 2015 5 Pages
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of fundamental human rights. Everyone everywhere has the right to live with dignity, free from fear and oppression, free from hunger and thirst, and free to express themselves and associate at will." Nelson Mandela

According to the United Nations, poverty is “a human condition characterised by the sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.”

Poverty is a human rights violation. Every woman, man, youth and child has the human right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being, a right to food, clothing, housing, medical care and social services.

Poverty is an issue of justice because too many poor and vulnerable people around the world have no protection under the law. In many countries, the poor do not have access to the legal system, or even exist under law in situations where there is no official birth registration. Nearly two out of three children under age 5 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia were not registered in 2007.

Poor people can be exploited by corrupt government officials, and be at risk of losing their homes or land. Without protection from the law they cannot seek justice. Without money, the rich will continue to have all of the power.

Poverty is a moral issue because…

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