Latin America is proof that the global trend of rising economic inequality can be reversed, if the political will exists. Despite historically being the most unequal region in the world, it is the only region that has managed to reduce inequality during the past decade.
By Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International - Last week I travelled to Brisbane, Australia to take the voice of poor people to the powerful – the summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 most powerful economies.
Hundreds of thousands of people have called for action from the G20 Summit in Brisbane, on issues including inequality, tax, ebola and climate change. And leaders have certainly heard the calls on them to act, but only some of the calls have been properly heeded.
Remarkably more than half of the people in G20 countries, the economic powers of the world, live below the poverty line of $2US per day. Oxfam is here to push the G20 to do more, and to mean more, to the majority of the G20’s citizens.
By Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International - Oxfam launches a new campaign, Even it Up. What we aim to show through our campaign is that inequality is not inevitable. It is the result of policy choices.
Mexico is the setting for these stories. The country that sees the coexistence of an individual like Carlos Slim, who has several times been named the richest man on the planet, and another such as Francisco, who has no home to live in.
Over the past year, an overwhelming consensus has developed on the dangers of growing and extreme economic inequality. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, gives four ways to close the growing inequality gap.
This Blog Action Day 2014, I ask: When we talk about economic inequality (the difference in wealth between the richest and the poorest) within a municipality, a country, a region or between different countries, why do these inequalities persist and increase? What can be done to change these imbalances?