A world where more new billionaires have been created in a year than ever before shows signs of economic sickness rather than health.
"Women and girls are today bravely taking a stand and Oxfam stands with them in solidarity," said Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director and women’s rights leader, this International Women’s Day.
Despite some important progress in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Gender inequality in work costs women in developing countries $9 trillion a year – a sum which would provide a massive boost to the global economy.
Women across the globe are facing new threats which risk dismantling decades of hard-won rights and derailing the effort to end extreme poverty, Oxfam warns today.
In the past two decades, the gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster than in any other country in South-East Asia. What does this mean for ordinary people? Meet Maryam and Darmin, who are fighting for a better future for them and their families.
In Yemen, everyday life goes from bad to worse. The conflict that escalated in March 2015 has left nearly 19 million people - 70 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian aid - the greatest number in any country in the world. The economy has been shattered, pushing the basics beyond the reach of many.
Thailla is a young member of the student activist movement in Sapopemba. The Brazilian federal government has approved a 20 year freeze on public spending, including education. This freeze risks increasing inequality and the educational divide in Brazil.
Oanh is a 27-year-old kidney dialysis patient who lives in Hanoi with her partner, Vinh. She and her family are locked in a cycle of debt to pay for the medicines she needs to take every day. Join her to demand an economy that works for everyone, not just the few. Sign our petition.
People like Jane from Kenya live with the realities of inequality everyday. She is campaigning to fight inequality. Join her to demand an economy that works for everyone, not just the few.
There is a huge gap between the super-rich and the rest of the world population that traps millions in poverty, fracturing our societies and undermining democracy. It leaves more people living in fear and fewer in hope. But how big the inequality gap is it? Check it by the numbers and take action.