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Oxfam Intermón

Inequality and social rights

Universal rights to fight against inequality

There are multiple root causes for poverty, such as unemployment, low wages, weak public policies and large inequalities. Today, the prevailing economic system works globally for the world’s richest one per cent, who accumulate more wealth than the remaining world’s population.

This extreme inequality, that puts lives at risk and prevents people from living in decent conditions, is unacceptable and also fully avoidable. Fighting against extreme inequality requires political will to rethink priorities and to promote a global economy which is more humane, fair and equitable, capable of guaranteeing that everyone can live in decent conditions.

Quality universal public services are a powerful tool for fighting against economic inequalities. We propose the following three specific measures:

  • Fair and progressive tax systems.
  • Prioritizing public policies.
  • Active citizen participation which allows building a solid and plural democratic system.

In this year’s Connecting Worlds we want to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Discover and analyze in a critical manner the social rights system in our close environment and in other places, as well as the situations of injustice and lack of equity in accessing these rights.
  2. Establish the causes and consequences of situations of injustice and lack of equity from different spheres (socio-political, economic, citizen’s participation).
  3. Reject the inequalities and unfairness that take place at local and global levels, guaranteeing an ethical stance based on social justice and equity.
  4. Foster both individual and collective transforming actions and attitudes which imply improved access and enjoyment of basic social rights.

Extreme inequality is not inevitable.
It is a matter of priorities and political will.

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