Developing strategies on how to reduce inequalities, is included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, the content of SDG number 10 is about reducing inequality within and among countries.
Evidence Suggesting Immediate Action
Even though there have been attempts made to minimize the extent of inequality, it appears that it is a phenomenon firmly founded, on a global scale. The list with the percentages that document contradictions, globally, is long. Here are some alarming facts deriving from inequity:
- Statistics show, that in the developing countries, children in the poorest 20 percent of their population, might not survive to reach the age of 5, compared to their peers with a wealthy background.
- People with disabilities suffer from the lack of social protection. This population is more likely to be burdened with vast amounts of health expenditures, five times more than the average. In addition, disability benefits are only accessible to 28 percent of this population; in countries with low income, the accessibility percentage is 1 percent.
- Giving birth for women in rural areas, of developing countries, is three more likely to lead to their demise, than for women in urban areas.
Parameters Considered on How to Reduce Inequalities
Inequality is extended socially, economically, politically, and environmentally. Furthermore, these extensions, of this phenomenon, are expressed vertically and horizontally. Namely, the horizontal form is manifested as the inequality between individuals or households, within a region, a country, or the world. The vertical form is expressed between people of diverse cultural frame, within a society. Therefore, before making any suggestions for eradicating inequality strategies, we should define the problem and its components.
In this framework, is the synergy of “RESPECT: Youths’ Respect of Solidarity, Peace, Equality, Citizenship and Tolerance through Creativity”. It is an Erasmus+ project aiming to raise awareness to youth in values that foster social diversity, through creative means.
For more information, regarding RESPECT, you can visit the official webpage of the project.