Why Should You Support Stand Up 09?

Wednesday, 23 September, 2009 - 12:27

Stand Up & Take Action is the largest global initiative for action, working towards ending poverty, ensuring every child gets an education, it promoting fair and just treatment of women to name but a few. As a supporter of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Stand Up & Take Action is not just about the 17th October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - it is a six-year commitment to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

Stand Up & Take Action is the largest global initiative for action by people to take action for a better world. It speaks directly to ending poverty, ensuring every child gets an education, it promotes fair and just treatment of women, a HIV free world, sustainable climate positive actions and a global collective for development.

Stand Up & Take Action is not just about taking a stand on 17 October, but is about working together for a period of time to ensure we reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. So it is about making at least a 6-year commitment!

Through the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), Stand Up is part of a movement to bring about positive social change and GCAP acts to remind leaders at G8 & G20 Summits to stay the course to build a fair and just world. The involvement of the United Nations Millennium Campaign acts to ensure that the MDGs stay on the international development agenda.

So, being a supporter of Stand Up & Take Action is not just about the 17th October, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is about working everyday to make a difference and in South Africa; Stand Up & Take Action will work as a rolling campaign of mass action for the realisation of human dignity for all who live here.

We will do this by:

  • Working to highlight the nature & extent of poverty and how this limits people ability to access and enjoy their Constitutional Rights
  • Working with supporters from government, civil society and business to highlight and celebrate important local and international event days such as:
o World Aids Day, World Day for Decent Work, National Children’s Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Youth Day, Heritage Day, Freedom Day and various other initiatives that supporters of and partners in Stand Up feel will enable ongoing action for building a great country.
  • Each of these highlight activities will ensure we never lose sight of the many challenges we face and the great initiatives and people working to make South Africa a great place to live.
  • Working with other partners to highlight development challenges and the MDGs during the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.
  • Building towards mobilising 20 million people in SA to Stand Up & Take Action on 17 October 2010.

So, there are many reasons to join Stand Up & Take Action as a supporter but none more compelling than the idea that we can work together to build a great country, for all.

Join the largest global campaign for a better world, now !

Stand Up 09 Team

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