We live in a world of colossal inequality, where vast wealth and resources are held by a tiny minority. Over half of the world’s population are forced to live in poverty, yet the richest 1% own almost half of all global wealth, and big business monopolises land and global resources.
Poverty erodes and undermines human rights. And the abuse of human rights pushes people into poverty. People in the Global South are disproportionately affected by injustice, inequality and human rights abuses. Austerity cuts and insecure work are pushing more and more working people in wealthier countries into poverty. The system is broken.
The world is at a tipping point. The climate crisis is devastating the lives and livelihoods of people in the Global South, those least responsible for causing it. The global Covid-19 pandemic has pushed millions more into poverty. The need to act is increasingly urgent.
Poverty is political. The most effective way to end it is by taking collective action to challenge the structures of inequality and injustice. If we act together, a just, fair world is possible.