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by Jasmine Crittenden (subscribe)
Sydney-based travel and arts writer
Support Australia's 46,000 Homeless Women
Joseph Wresinski, born into the anonymity and destitution of Parisian slums, died 71 years later an international hero. He'd committed his life to the battle against global poverty.

On 17 October 1988, the charismatic leader gathered 100,000 Parisians at the Trocadéro Human Rights Plaza to show support for global victims of poverty, starvation, violence and fear. In the process, International Anti-Poverty Day was established. UN-officialised in 1993, it was retitled 'International Day for the Eradication of Poverty'.

In Australia, we acknowledge the occasion via an extended Anti-Poverty Week. 400 equity-promoting activities, from walkathons to cooking demonstrations, were held across the nation in 2012.

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Image courtesy of The Big Issue website.

This year, The Big Issue will host a special event focusing on homeless women. Titled 'The Big Shift', it's being organised by the Womens' Subscription Enterprise. Once a fortnight, The Big Issue employs women to package magazines, to be sent out to subscribers. "We established the Women's Subscription Enterprise to give women work opportunities that didn't rely on selling on the streets," the site reads. " ... [It] is simply not a safe or viable option for many women, including those fleeing domestic violence or caring for children." Every night, at least 46,000 Australian women are homeless.

So, on Monday 14 October, you're invited to join in on the WSE's work. FIrst, you'll spend some time packing magazines alongside homeless women. Then, you'll be treated to some inspiring guest speakers, including Marita Cheng, 2012 Young Australian of the Year; Louise Walsh, CEO of Philanthropy Australia; and Moya Dodd, a partner at Gilbert Tobin Lawyers and FIFA Executive Committee Member.

The Big Shift will be held at the Macquarie Group, 1 Shelley St, Sydney. Tickets are $170 each (including one annual subscription to The Big Issue) or $750 for five (including five annual subscriptions, 'corporate benefits' and acknowledgement as a 'Shift Supporter'). Light refreshments will be provided.
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Why? Get involved with Anti-Poverty Week and support homeless women
When: Monday 14 October, 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Phone: (03) 9663 4533
Where: The Macquarie Group, 1 Shelley St, Sydney
Cost: $170 (incl. an annual subscription to The Big Issue)
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