I am very pleased to send you a copy of Oxfam’s major new report Even It Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality that we have just launched, and is the flagship publication to support our ambitious new five year global campaign.
You can access the report here and I am attaching the PDF too: http://www.oxfam.org/en/research/even-it-time-end-extreme-inequality
Inequality has grown to extreme levels. Today seven out of ten people live in countries where the gap between the rich and poor is greater than it was thirty years ago. Last year Oxfam calculated that in 2014 the richest 85 people on the planet owned as much as the poorest half of humanity – and between March 2013 and March 2014 these 85 people grew $688m richer every day.
Oxfam’s report documents how this rapid rise of extreme economic inequality is bad for everybody. It corrupts politics, hinders economic growth, stifles social mobility, and fuels crime and instability – even violent conflict. Crucially it is also standing in the way of efforts to eliminate poverty. The political and economic choices which have allowed a small elite to take more than they need have also left hundreds of millions of people without access to clean drinking water and without enough food to feed their families. There is now an urgent need and opportunity to tackle these choices.
This report is Oxfam’s contribution to a debate that is already firmly on the political and economic agenda. We are joining a groundswell of voices as diverse as billionaires, faith leaders, the heads of institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, as well as trade unions, social movements, women’s organisations and millions of ordinary people around the world.
Our campaign teams and partners will be active around the world tomorrow (30th) as the campaign launches in earnest in more than 30 countries. We have a panel with our own executive director Winnie Byanymia, Branko Milanovic and others in Madrid. The report will be launching from Peru to Pakistan, from Brazil to Belgium, and we will have a campaign action starting on our new campaign digital platform. We are organising stunts in Berlin, Johannesburg and across Spain and Latin America. If you like what you see tonight and tomorrow, please do share online and with your networks
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