Poverty is violence: Conversation with the ATD Fourth World Movement
Category : Archived News
Diana Skelton and Martin Kalisa from the ATD (All together in Dignity) 4th World Movement visited PACSA on the 8th October and animated a conversation, hosted by PACSA, on the work of the ATD 4th World movement and their recently released book, Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty.The conversation highlighted that poverty is violence inflicted on people. It is the economic system and those who control it that are should carry the blame for the violence of poverty. Often those who ‘bring development to people’ continue this violence through a practice which reinforces the marginalization of the poor and who thinks that ‘they’ have the answers rather than the poor who experience poverty every day.
The 4th World Movement was founded in Paris, France, in 1957 and works in partnership with communities across the world to end the exclusion and injustice of persistent poverty, and focuses on learning from and supporting families living in poverty, through grass-roots presence and involvement. They have a presence in 32 countries on five continents.
Over the past three years PACSA and the 4th World Movement has established a good relationship based a common mission and practice which is rooted in dignity.
Their new publication ‘Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty’ is based on a world- wide, four year participant research project, led by poor people, and focuses on the violence of poverty. It also shows just how much people living in poverty do to search for peace, to go beyond violence, and to build a sense of community. You can download the book for free at http://ebook.atd-fourthworld.org/