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The Blog Action Day team are very excited to announce that Oxfam will be our Key Partner for Blog Action Day 2014.

Oxfam are incredibly placed to be our key partner, for this year’s theme  Inequality.  Their experience of working with communities in 94 countries to end poverty and injustice, has given them unparalleled insight into how inequality creates unjust situations and entrench poverty.

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85 people own more than 3.5 billion people.

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Ben Phillips, the Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director at Oxfam GB explains why Oxfam are so excited to partner with Blog Action Day 2014 and create a huge global conversation about Inequality.

“Blog Action Day is a fantastic event which each year unites the worldwide online community in discussing a key global issue. There’s never been a more pressing time to talk about this year’s theme – inequality.

The gap between the rich and the poor has got out of control. As the experts attest and Oxfam witnesses across the world, rapidly rising inequality jeopardises the fight to end poverty. In a previous report, Oxfam highlighted that the richest 85 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. Now that figure has reduced to just 66.

 

Such extreme inequality is not only a moral outrage, it tears societies apart, damages economies and pushes more people into poverty. It allows those at the top to rig the rules in their favour, ensuring a continuing cycle of inequality that denies millions of people the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. To end extreme poverty we need to challenge extreme inequality.

 

Yet we know that extreme inequality is not inevitable – it is the result of political choices. We know change is possible when governments make the right choices, and are accountable to the many, not the few. Investing in free public services, tackling tax dodging, ensuring decent wages, and addressing other forms of inequality, such as gender, are just a few of the actions that governments can take to reverse the rising tide of inequality.

 

If we want a world that works for the many, not the few, we need to tackle inequality.”

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Blog Action Day will be sharing information and insights from Oxfam, that you can include or discuss in your Blog Action Day posts on October 16, 2014.

We recommend taking a look at this great Oxfam post The opportunity of a generation: Ending extreme inequality

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