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End Inequalities

Voices are rising in the fight against inequalities

The fight against extreme inequalities is a major battle around the globe. Although world leaders have committed to reducing inequalities both within and among countries, unjust global economic systems – combined with the impacts of crises like the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and conflict – are driving the world towards greater imbalance.
People on the frontline of these battles against inequalities are feeling the consequences most deeply. Now they are raising their voices against these injustices. It’s time to listen to their concerns and tackle some of the root causes of inequalities – from global tax systems to deep-rooted localised systems of discrimination.

A more just and balanced world is possible. The time to stand up against these injustices is now.

Illustration depicting the global forces and features of our economy that can be oppressive on individuals, and campaigners holding a banner that says 'End Inequalities'

Global inequalities and tax justice

Despite improvements in economic conditions in many countries over recent decades, deep inequalities between countries remain. The gap between rich and poor countries is as wide as it was in the early 20th century. Economic systems that are stacked in favour of a small group of countries while putting the rest of the world at a disadvantage are contributing greatly to these global inequalities, allowing the world’s wealthiest individuals and corporations to take advantage of loopholes. In particular, the rules of the existing international tax system are playing a key role in perpetuating inequalities around the world.

The Global Tax Body mascot stands next to a sign held by activists reading 'We need a global tax body now!" Activists surrounding the tax body hold pieces of paper, reading 'we'll be back' and 'we'll see you in NY'. The photo was taken after the 3rd FfD conference in Addis Ababa in 2015.

Inequalities within countries and tackling discrimination

Inequality within countries is currently at a historic high. With a shortage of public funds to pay for social protections and public services, many countries are struggling to address inequalities effectively at the national level. But even where financial resources are available, inequality will continue if the available resources fail to reach those who are most disadvantaged due to discriminatory attitudes and policies. As these examples from India and Indonesia show, without tackling discriminations such as gender and caste, inequalities will persist.

Inequalities in India

In India, people engaged in manual scavenging are saying “enough is enough”. From the excluded margins of society, some among the Dalit community are expected to clean latrines, septic tanks and sewers by hand for very little pay. Dalits are traditionally positioned at the bottom of the social hierarchy according to the caste system. Trapped by discriminatory practices for generations, they are now demanding their rights and equal opportunities.

End Inequalities in India

Inequalities in Indonesia

From fisherwomen to plantation workers, street vendors and informal workers, women in Indonesia are raising their voices against the gender discrimination that keeps them at an economic disadvantage. From unequal pay to unrecognised care work to taxes that overburden women, it’s time to re-balance inequalities in Indonesia.



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Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Mechanism

An international network of organisations engaged in the UN process on Financing for Development. The group works together to promote democratic global economic governance that works in the interest of people and the planet.

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