Artwork of the Week 42

42The Vendors By Rose West
Poverty is a scourge that has haunted Africa and the rest of the developing world for centuries. Strategies and theories have been formulated in the fight against poverty.The artwork, The Vendors, depicts a typical scenario of people conducting vending in quest of making a living and alleviating the effects of abject poverty

42The Vendors By Rose West
Poverty is a scourge that has haunted Africa and the rest of the developing world for centuries. Strategies and theories have been formulated in the fight against poverty.The artwork, The Vendors, depicts a typical scenario of people conducting vending in quest of making a living and alleviating the effects of abject poverty. Just as shown in the image most people who practice vending are woman whom their husbands are either unemployed or earn very little to solely support the family, or they are widows or divorcees trying to put bread on table for their children.In the poverty stricken developing world where unemployment and under employment strive people have long sort to make a living through conducting the oldest business of buying and selling of goods known as vending.
This week we commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This day is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. It also gives people living in poverty a specific opportunity to make their concerns and thoughts heard, recognizing that they are the first to fight against poverty.
This year’s celebrations are running under the theme: Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.  The theme highlights how important it is to recognize and address the humiliation and exclusion endured by many people living in poverty.
Toend poverty in all its forms simply highlights that poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. Poverty is manifested in restricted access to health and other essential services. This means we must go beyond seeing poverty merely as the lack of income or what is necessary for material well-being such as food, housing, land, and other assets in order to fully understand poverty in its multiple dimensions.
Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. Ending poverty is not just helping the poor; it is about empowering every woman and man with essential skills in order to live a better life.
Most importantly, the day is an opportunity to recognize the struggles of those living in poverty and to encourage their efforts and the efforts of anyone working to eradicate poverty and destitution all around the world. Hundreds of people gather each year to renew their resolve to combat poverty and to demonstrate their solidarity with those living and struggling in poverty.

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