Fight inequality, beat poverty

The Paraisópolis favela borders the affluent district of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil (2008). Photo: Tuca Vieira

Did you know that 1% now own more than the rest of us combined? Inequality is growing around the world. Every year, the gap between rich and poor gets even wider.

Such extreme inequality is standing in the way of ending global poverty. It's widening other inequalities like the gap between women and men. Our economy must stop excessively rewarding those at the top and start working for all people.

It doesn’t have to be this way – together we can even things up.

We can challenge the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few. We can change the rules on tax to make sure the richest pay their fair share. We can demand more spending on public health and education. We can demand fair wages for everyone. We can make sure the poorest have a voice, and those voices are heard by those in power.

Extreme poverty was halved in just 15 years. We can be the generation that ends it for good.