Oxfam's report 2012 - 'Inclusive Growth' must include women
The launch of Oxfam’s report, Left behind by the G20?, challenges the assumption that strong growth is enough in itself to prevent poverty. It shows that income inequality is actually growing in most G20 countries at the same time as unsustainable economic expansion is depleting natural resources. The net effect is deadly: not only rendering the benefits of economic growth inaccessible for the poor, but diminishing the natural resources so many rely on to survive and exposing them to the impacts of climate change. But income inequality only tells part of the story. Inequalities of wealth and gender inequalities also impact on development outcomes. In many countries, the subordinate status of women and girls translates into less access to education, health services, political spaces, land and credit. Indeed, how do G20 countries (namely, policy makers) ensure “growth is sustainable, equitable and inspiring for future generations”? Moreover, how can governments’ policy choices ensure that equitable growth really extends to women, who continue to face multiple barriers to equal rights and opportunities across the world? The report aims at offering recommendations on these critical issues.
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