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38.7 Million People Break Guinness World Record for Stand Up Speak Out on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Date:10/18/2007

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Country Highlights

-- In India all over the country people of all ages were standing up. In

Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, five million people

participated. DAV Schools, the largest public school system of the

country, reported 500,000 voices against poverty and at Kashmir

University, 35,000 students stood up. Also in Delhi, one of four

Women's Tribunals on Poverty gathered 400 women from 20 states to

debate how gender exclusion and discrimination impede development in

poor countries.

-- In Bangladesh just under 850,000 people stood up with the main event

held at Dhaka City office and led by the Mayor followed by a high

profile concert. People called for cancellation of debt servicing to

eradicate poverty and at the end 1000 candles were lit to express

solidarity with the GCAP movement.

-- In South Africa, children in Pretoria stood up and the residents of the

Big Brother Africa House joined the call lighting a bonfire against

poverty which burned for the 24 hour period (see

http://www.mnetafrica.com/bigbrother/videogallery.asp).

-- In Malawi children were asked to bring a blade of grass to a local

football match, the sum of which was their total of 15,584

participants.

-- In the Philippines, a massive 7+million people were mobilised at events

involving faith groups and at the Anti Poverty fair. Campaigners called

on the Arroyo government to change their position regarding the

worsening condition of millions of Filipinos trapped in poverty.

-- Pakistani campaigners mobilised over 3.5 million including thousands

who helped unfurl a 10km-long banner, In Bahawalpur carrying one

million written
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