Discrimination, Poverty and Exclusion Are Not An April Fool's Joke
12 organisations create April Fool's awareness campaign
Twelve national organisations concerned with human rights and equality issues are using today- April Fool's Day - to highlight vital issues for many people who experience discrimination, poverty and exclusion every day.
Using the #NotAnAprilFool hashtag on Twitter, the groups hope to challenge myths and stereotypes about areas such as mental health, poverty, disability, homelessness, sexism and racism.
The organisations involved are the European Anti-poverty Network, the Equality & Rights Alliance, Free Legal Aid Centres (FLAC), Inclusion Ireland, the Immigrant Council, Mental Health Reform, Migrants Rights Centre Ireland, the National Women's Council of Ireland, OPEN, Pavee Point, Simon and SpunOut.
The Twitter campaign will start at 11am and members and supporters of the various causes are being asked to get involved by 'Re-tweeting' the organisations' tweets throughout the afternoon.
People are encouraged to watch the #NotAnAprilFool on Twitter and Retweet some of the facts that resonate with them, the hashtag can also be tracked at this link:
Report On The Human Impacts Of Austerity Published By The Community Platform
A new report by the Community Platform, a network of 30 leading Irish national organisations working against poverty and inequality, highlights the Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable in society. It warns that the dual attack of unemployment and relentless cuts at national and local level has pushed individuals, families and communities into poverty.
‘Now you see us – The human stories behind poverty in Ireland’ is a report by the Community Platform, of which OPEN is a member. It features a series of interviews with families, single people, community workers and marginalised groups on how the recession and resulting government policies have affected their lives. The publication aims to reveal the human stories of those hardest hit by austerity policies and the devastation suffered by people on low income and social welfare throughout the recession.
OPEN would like to extend a special thanks to our lone parent member ‘Maebh’ who spoke for our families in this report.
Videos for Families Facing Separation
The Office of the Children's Ombudsman and the Courts Service have launched two new videos for families facing separation.
Video For Young People Of Separating Parents
Video For Separating Parents
Doras Bui Has A New Website
Doras Bui, founded in 1986, is the first locally-based resource centre for lone parents and their children in Ireland.
They have recently launched a new website.
Have a look at this great VIDEO of lone parent, Jacqueline Kelleher, one of our Grow Your Own Future graduates, who manages The Heritage Garden. Her plan is to grow enough to feed 12 families. Go Jacqueline!