Even It Up
JOIN EVEN IT UP
Together we can Even It Up! People around the world are calling for greater economic equality.
► Join Oxfam's Even It Up campaign for fair taxes, equal wages for women and men, and public investment in universal health care and education.
WHY EVEN IT UP?
Oxfam's vision is a world free from injustice and poverty. Yet today, 80 people own as much wealth as half the world's population, while nearly a billion people can barely afford to feed their families. The majority of the world's poorest people are women and girls.
There has been considerable progess: Extreme poverty has been cut in half in the past two decades. And the gap in primary school enrolment between boys and girls is decreasing. But today’s extreme economic inequality threatens to undo much of the progress made in making sure people around the world have food on the table, a decent education and health care.
IMPACT OF EXTREME INEQUALITY
► robs people of the chance for a full human life
► fuels crime, corruption and violent conflict
► widens the gap between women and men
► hinders the right kind of economic growth
► is one of the biggest barriers to ending global poverty.
Gender Gap At Work
At the current rate, it will take 75 years to make the principle of equal pay for equal work a reality.
The wage gap is higher in unequal societies. And 53 percent of the world’s working women work in jobs that are insecure and poorly protected by local laws.
Economic policy - all public policy -must tackle economic inequality and gender discrimination together.
Inequality and Vital Services
Billions of dollars are lost to tax avoidance every year.
These are resources governments cannot invest in health care, education and other vital services.
The number of billionaires around the world - and their combined wealth - has increased so rapidly that a tax of just 1.5 percent right now would fill the annual gaps in funding needed to get every child into school and deliver health services in the poorest countries.
Wealth And Power
Extreme inequality is the result of deliberate political and economic choices. We're not on a level playing field and that is no accident. While the wealth of a powerful minority grows, the poorest among us are left behind.
Over many years, the market economy has played an important role in bringing prosperity to hundreds of millions of people around the world. But, without government regulation, market fundamentalism concentrates wealth in the hands of a small minority and causes inequality to rise.
To end extreme inequality governments must:
► make taxes fair and put an end to tax dodging
► invest in universal, free public services like healthcare and education
► take action to ensure a living wage for all and close the wage gap between women and men
Oxfam is taking a stand against inequality with our 'Even It Up' campaign. And people from all walks of life are backing our call for a fair world, including leading economists, academics, politicians and activists.
Be part of the solution: Join Even It Up
Read about solutions to inequality in our report Even It Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality
Wealth: Having it all and wanting more highlights the rapid increase in extreme inequality around the world.
Watch Oxfam's Julie Delahanty on the challenges and solutions to extreme inequality: CTV Power Play