Publicist Yelena Likhach suggests that the UN raise the level of multidimensional poverty

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Publicist and philanthropist Yelena Likhach called the daily income of $1.9, established by the UN as a measure of poverty, insufficient and mocking. Yelena Likhach says in her blog, “Child Poverty: Who Will Think of Breaking the Poverty Cycle?” on Medium, the official global poverty statistics do not reflect the reality; in fact, the picture of poverty of more than 385 million children in the world is several times worse.

According to the United Nations Development Program, about 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty.

Publicist and philanthropist Yelena Likhach called the daily income of $1.9, established by the UN as a measure of poverty, insufficient and mocking. Yelena Likhach says in her blog, “Child Poverty: Who Will Think of Breaking the Poverty Cycle?” on Medium, the official global poverty statistics do not reflect the reality; in fact, the picture of poverty of more than 385 million children in the world is several times worse.

“According to the United Nations Development Program, about 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty. I think there are a lot more poor people in the world than the UN and other international organizations give us consider. After all, they set the measure of poverty as a daily income of $1.9. In my humble opinion, it is some kind of a flawed guideline! You would think that a daily income of $3-$5 would instantly make a person almost middle class! It looks like the people at the top just do not want to show honest statistics. Why? They don't want to take responsibility for hundreds of millions more people,” says Elena Likhach.

As the blogger notes, the problem can be solved by developing the educational system and providing an access to it. According to Elena Likhach, special attention should be paid to the education of girls.

“UN Secretary-General António Guterres has pointed out that girls are at particular risk. However, they are also agents of change. I totally agree. Every extra year of schooling will bring extra income into the girls’ adulthood. When more women in underdeveloped economies began to receive primary, secondary and higher education, it reduced the number of early marriages and lifted millions of people out of poverty. The future of the planet depends on girls!" said Elena Likhach.

The publicist also reported that she herself participates in charitable actions, and over the past four years has donated about a million euros to support children and needy families. “So, in August 2018, at an event organized by UNICEF Italy to protect the rights of children, I donated 290 thousand euros. That year, UNICEF actively helped the children of Indonesia affected by the great earthquake and tsunami," wrote Elena Likhach.

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