Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson is to host a major European conference: ‘Combating child poverty and social exclusion - promoting children's well being in times of austerity’ in Belfast next month.
Ms Anderson announced the initiative at the Saints Youth Centre in Twinbrook, Belfast on Friday while visiting local groups and organisations to discuss future opportunities from European Union funding programmes.
Martina Anderson said:
“I will host a major child poverty conference in the Balmoral Hotel, (Blacks Road, Dunmurry) on Friday 16th November on behalf of the political group GUE/NGL (European United Left / Nordic Green Left) of which I am a member in the European Parliament.
“The increasing level of child poverty is an issue of great concern across Europe and is being exacerbated by the imposition of draconian austerity measures by governments across the Continent. It is being most acutely felt in every corner of Ireland which has been devastated by the economic collapse.
“The conference will be addressed by Skevi Koutra Koukouma from Cyprus, the present incumbent of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Other confirmed speakers are leading researchers in the field of child poverty such as Michelle Murphy (Social Justice Ireland) and Réka Tunyogi (Eurochild) as well as representatives from other progressive organisations including the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS).
“Activists in the field from all areas are invited to attend”. CRÍOCH