Poverty, economy and society
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The gap between the world’s richest and poorest people is widening, and while the wealth of the 1% grows greater, inequality threatens to undo much of the progress made over the past 20 years in tackling poverty. As international business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we must call on them to tackle extreme inequality. It’s not too late to turn the tide. SHARE this if you agree.
According to the World Bank, there are just over 1 billion people living in extreme poverty – on less than $1.25 a day. Meanwhile, the number of billionaires has more than doubled since the financial crisis, to 1,645 people. The numbers just don’t add up. Extreme inequality is no good for anyone. It’s in everyone’s interests to make the world a fairer place. SHARE this post if you believe enough is enough and take action here: act.oxfam.org/ireland
Today millions of women and men are denied their right to healthcare and education. Free public health and education services work for the many, and are vital to tackling inequality. Investing in these life-saving and life-changing services is not a radical idea. It is a basic responsibility of governments around the world. ➨ SHARE if you agree #inequality
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic building collapse in Bangladesh. We can't let this happen again! Use your voice - let your favourite retailers know that as a customer you want to make sure the people who made your clothes are decently paid and working in safe conditions. And please REPIN to show your support.
As part of the Robinhood Tax coalition, Oxfam is pushing the EU to back a wide-ranging Financial Transaction Tax. A broad-based tax offers a real opportunity to raise billions to help those at home and in poor countries who have been hit hard by the economic crisis and to combat climate change. Find out more www.oxfam.org/robinhoodtax
Big land deals in poor countries are leaving people homeless and hungry. Families are being unfairly evicted from their land and left with no way to grow food or earn a living. G8 leaders including David Cameron & Nick Clegg for the UK, and Barack Obama for the USA have the power to stop land grabs, end hunger and save lives. There are big opportunities for the G8 to take action to increase the transparency and accountability of big land deals.
To end poverty, we must stop the rapidly growing wave of land grabs sweeping the developing world. In these countries, land sold to foreign investors as 'unused' is often actually being used by poor families to grow food. Their homes, jobs and livelihoods are taken from them - sometimes violently - and there is nothing they can do about it. That's why we're demanding G8 leaders act to stop land grabs when they meet next week in Fermanagh. Please REPIN to show your support.
Ending tax dodging in India could feed all hungry people there. And much more. Shocking new statistics released by Oxfam this week have shown that governments are letting people hide at least $18.5 trillion in offshore tax havens. If these companies and individuals paid their dues, it would total more than $150 billion – money which could be spent on schools, hospitals and libraries. As austerity bites, ordinary people across the world are losing out on billions of unpaid tax.
Ending tax dodging could end extreme poverty. Shocking new statistics released by Oxfam this week have shown that governments are letting people hide at least $18.5 trillion in offshore tax havens. Yes, you read that right: not $18.5 million, or even $18.5 billion, but $18.5 trillion! If these companies and individuals paid their dues, it would total more than $150 billion – money which could be spent on schools, hospitals and libraries.
Ending tax dodging in Indonesia could feed 3.5 million families there. And much more. Why should the richest get away with dodging tax? If these companies and individuals paid their dues, it would total more than $150 billion – money which could be spent on schools, hospitals and libraries. Now is the time to take a stand.