Genevieve de Gaulle Anthonioz : “Our only weapon against humiliation was fraternity and solidarity.”May 27, 2015, Paris: Genevieve de Gaulle Anthonioz – resistance fighter, deportee to Ravensbrück concentration camp, and ardent human rights activist – will enter France’s secular mausoleum the Pantheon today, alongside 3 other members of the French Resistance. In 1958 she took up cause with ATD Fourth World founder Joseph Wresinski, alongside families who struggled with courageous resistance themselves in the face of crushing poverty and exclusion. President of ATD Fourth World – France for 34 years, Genevieve de Gaulle helped build an international movement with a message for the world: “Extreme poverty is violence; it is a denial of humanity. We must unite to eradicate it.” Below her own words recount a part of her journey and reveal a lasting strength of commitment.
If governments fail to combat climate change with people living in poverty, it is very likely that response measures will work against these vulnerable communities. We cannot ignore the problem and their plight.
The problems created by climate change are impacting all countries, particularly people living in poverty within those countries. Thus as Parties move into the final stages of negotiations for the new climate agreement, ATD Fourth World will continue to work to ensure that agreements take into account the most vulnerable communities, particularly those living in poverty in all countries.