The world's richest 1% have more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people.
The gap between the richest and the rest, especially those living in poverty is out of control. While people at the top get influence, opportunities and power, people living in poverty miss out on the basics they need - like a decent education, healthcare, and jobs.
Women and girls, especially those living in poverty, are often hit the hardest. The world's 22 richest men have more wealth than all the 325 million women in Africa. Women and girls are putting in 12.5 billion hours every day of care work for free, and countless more for low wages. Their work is essential to our communities, underpinning thriving families and a healthy and productive workforce. Yet most of the financial benefits of the work done by women is rewarded to the richest, the majority of whom are men. This unfair economy exploits and marginalises many women and girls,
while increasing the wealth and power of a rich elite.
It doesn't need to be like this. These levels of inequality and poverty are not inevitable. We can reform our economy to ensure people, not profit, are at the heart it. People have the right to a decent and dignified life free from poverty. Free from fear of the cost of falling sick or struggling with childcare costs. Every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Work should be flexible and secure. And women and girls should be paid fairly and given equal opportunities. This could be a massive step towards creating safer, more equal and happier societies which
We can fight inequality and beat poverty for good if we come together and demand action.
We are calling for:
- The richest companies and individuals to pay their fair share of tax
- Free public services, like schools and hospitals, for everyone
- Decent work, living wages and an end to the gender pay gap
Join us now to fight inequality and beat poverty for good.