In order to mark the European Year combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, EAPN Portugal and the artistic school Escola Artística Soares de Reis (EASS) have designed a common project, which is the creation of a piece of jewellery which symbolises the message that the pupils of the Escola Artística Soares de Reis (EASS) wish to pass on to everybody:the proportion of wealth distribution in the world is unequal.
“It corresponds to a ratio of 80/20, which means that 20% of the population hold 80% of the wealth and the other way around”, explains Sara Almeida, pointing out to all the symbols incorporated in the jewel. “The fight against poverty is the responsibility of everyone of us. We need to rethink the European social model. We can’t have a two-speed Europe. 80 million people in the European Union live in poverty, 19 million of which are children. We need to act”, said Sandra Araújo, national technical coordinator of the Portuguese Anti-Poverty Network.