extreme inequality

extreme inequality

The Shining Mothers from Kenya are doing their bit to demand an economy that works for everyone, not just the few.

An economy for the 99%

New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers. Our economy must stop excessively rewarding those at the top and start working for all people.

Together we must even it up and stop inequality from undermining our fight against poverty. Check out our animation video and join our campaign now to close the gap between the rich and the rest.

Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world

Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam today to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos.

Puerto Montt: shrines. Popular belief here is, that when a person is murdered, they die too soon and their spririt remains on earth. If the murder victim was a good person, then their spirit can do good deeds. Photo credit: Toby Adamson/Oxfam

The risks of defending human rights

Oxfam is deeply concerned about the worsening levels of violence, murder and repression against the men and women defending human rights in Latin America. This situation is linked to an economic model that fosters extreme inequality and has a negative impact on people’s basic rights.

Free education is one of the strongest weapons in the fight against inequality, benefiting everyone in society, but the poorest youth most of all. Photo: Dustin Barter/Oxfam

Supporting today’s youth, the best chance to end poverty tomorrow

Generational inequality has grown at an alarming rate, paralleling the rise in the gap between rich and poor. Despite their potential and strength in numbers, youth continue to be culturally and politically marginalized. With the support of their elders however, they could be instrumental in finding solutions to the challenges of poverty.

A rural clinic and a private hospital in Malawi. Photo: Oxfam in Malawi

A Dangerous Divide: The state of inequality in Malawi

This report examines the sharp rise in inequality in Malawi between 2004/5 and 2010/11. The authors warn that unless the government takes action, many more Malawians will live in poverty by 2020.

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