Even It Up

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The gap between the rich and poor is spiraling out of control. Extreme economic inequality is standing in the way of ending global poverty and threatens to increase other inequalities, like the gap between women and men.

By 2016 1% will be richer than the rest of the world


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.

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80 richest people have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest people


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.

Education and Inequality


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.


Without action, it will take 75 years to achieve equal pay between men and women

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.

Girls in school decreases maternal mortality

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.

73 people in North American own as much wealth as half the continent

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.


Even It Up -Solutions


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

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