Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a roof over their head, to put food on the table and to give their children a chance at a bright future, but that opportunity does not exist for the hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois living in extreme poverty. Freedom from this barrier requires a comprehensive vision and plan.
This primer will provide the tools to understand the role of opportunity and human rights in eradicating poverty. Specifically, this guidebook defines what it means to be extremely poor and how many people live in extreme poverty -- globally and locally. It also identifies the rights guaranteed equally to every human being, which have been promised by the United Nations and by the United States government. Freedom from extreme poverty is the most basic of human rights. Finally, this primer highlights global and local efforts to fulfill human rights and eradicate extreme poverty and what each of us can do to help move all of humankind from poverty to opportunity.