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Rappler's latest stories on inequality


UK's Johnson announces inequality review after anti-racism protests

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Britain has been rocked by protests against racial discrimination, some of them violent, following the death of George Floyd

PROTESTS. Protestors march during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. workers face unequal future when virus recedes

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The coronavirus pandemic is deepening inequality for workers in the world's largest economy

FACES. Two people wearing masks walk pass a mural of the coronavirus in the neighborhood of Queens on April 27, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Coronavirus shines spotlight on U.S. economic inequality

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Neither the rich nor the poor have been spared in the COVID-19 outbreak, but can it be the catalyst for reforms extending new social benefits to all Americans?

A man wears a mask as he walks through Grand Central station during rush hour in Manhattan on March 5, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

#2030Now: This is how you give women real political and social power

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Oxfam Pilipinas’ SHE projects envisions ‘a world where consent is valued, pleasure is acceptable, and sexual health and satisfaction are achieved’

SHE. Oxfam Philippines' SHE projects seeks to empower women and girls to secure reproductive health and rights in disadvantaged and conflict-affected regions in the Philippines.
 Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Rich Philippine regions get richer, poor ones barely improve

May 30, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The gap between rich and poor regions widens even more. To address this, the National Economic and Development Authority calls for higher spending on infrastructure and social services.

Lost world: UN report shows nature at death's door

May 04, 2019 - 5:10 PM

A draft document of a UN report depicts a planet suffering due to overconsumption and pollution

The morning sun rises past buildings and haze over the Jakarta city skyline on August 17, 2018. - Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Grammy task force to tackle gender inequality in music

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The initiative calls on artists to include at least two women in the pool of candidates they hire from

PH leads Asia Pacific on gender equality in work

May 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

By reinforcing opportunities for higher-income women and extending them to poorer women, the Philippines could add $40 billion to its annual GDP in 2025

The Philippines leads the Asia Pacific region in terms of gender equality in work, a study found. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. by Facebook/Facebook

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Spend more on schooling to reduce inequality – IMF

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Unlike other methods of redistributing wealth, education both promotes economic growth at the same time as it reduces income inequality, the International Monetary Fund report says

Urban inequality a growing risk in Asia – World Bank

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:17 PM

East Asia and the Pacific are still home to the world's biggest population of slum dwellers at 250 million, with sizable portions of them found in China, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the World Bank says

MANILA. This general view shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by highrise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'The strength of a people is measured by the welfare of the weak'

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'Throughout the years... the Philippines has never expressed collectively, in its Constitution or any other legal instrument, that our strength as a nation depends on how we look after the weakest part of it'

4 Indonesians wealthier than poorest 100 million – Oxfam

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:38 PM

In 2016 the collective wealth of the 4 richest Indonesians all men was 25 billion Oxfam says This is more than the total wealth of the 100 million poorest out of a population of 255 million it adds

INEQUALITY. This picture taken in Jakarta on February 23, 2017 shows high-rise buildings behind residential houses in Central Jakarta. Photo by Adek Berry / AFP

8 men own half the world's wealth – Oxfam

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The wealth of the world s poorest 3 6 billion people is the equivalent to the combined net worth of 6 American businessmen one from Spain and another from Mexico

CONTRAST. In this file photo, Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area before the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. Noel Celis/AFP

World Bank: Inequality threatens fight against extreme poverty

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:00 PM

The World Bank says poverty will persist if gains are not felt by the bottom 40 of the population

A picture taken on March 11, 2016 shows a beggar woman in the streets of Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

IMF's Lagarde warns G20 to avoid 'low-growth trap'

Sep 02, 2016 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED Not since the early 1990s has the world economy been so weak for such a long time says the International Monetary Fund s Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, July14, 2016, marking the 15th anniversary of the Center. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Gender inequality costs Africa $95B a year – UN

Aug 28, 2016 - 9:55 PM

UN Development Fund director Helen Clark says African countries are not harnessing the full potential of women

epa02352077 64-year-old Gladys Bhengu prepares to carry her load of firewood collected several kilometers from her home in Inanda near Durban, South Africa, 22 September 2010. Gender equality and the provision of basic services are two of the issues under discussion at the ruling African National Congress (ANC)'s national general council currently underway in Durban. EPA/JON HRUSA

'A social enterprise is a business with a soul'

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:08 PM

I heard what everyone needs to hear from the most unsuspecting rugged looking person who looked at everyone with ease

IMF warns the US over high poverty, inequality

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The International Monetary Fund lowers its outlook for economic growth in the United States where 46 7 million people are living in poverty

epa04263269 A homeless man, who did not want to identified, sits on a sidewalk in New York, New York, USA, 16 June 2014. A report released earlier this year showed that nearly half of of the city's population is living near poverty levels. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

1% of world's population holds almost half its wealth – report

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Some 18 5 million households around the world have at least 1 million worth of assets for a total of 78 8 trillion – around 46 of total global wealth leaving the rest to be divided by the other 99 of the world s population

Increasing productivity key to revive growth in Asia-Pacific

May 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Along with the economic slowdown progress in poverty reduction is slowing inequalities are rising and prospects of decent employment are weakening

POOR. Filipino residents living in shanties along a river bank collect useful items in the trash in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

#PHVote: Senatorial debate sparks online discussion on barangay health care

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The exchange on health issues during Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate on Friday April 15 resonates with netizens who lament the current state of health care

Social protection key to tackle inequality in Asia-Pacific

Mar 23, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Over the past 20 years the rich in Asia and the Pacific have grown richer at the expense of the poor

Mia Santos, 29, sits on a wooden bed with her husband Elmer Dimasaka, 45, and two babies, at their shack along a street in Manila on January 18, 2016. Elmer earns two dollars a day by picking recycleable materials among garbage that he can sell to junkshops. The Philippine economy grew slower than expected in the third quarter, the government said on November 26 as it warned a leadership change next year could derail momentum in one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / AFP / NOEL CELIS

Do Southeast Asia, PH have gender equality in education?

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia is generally equal for boys and girls – until they reach secondary education

PARITY? Although primary education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia is relatively equal for boys and girls, the gap widens when they reach secondary education

2016 World Day of Social Justice focuses on ‘new economics’

Feb 20, 2016 - 2:27 PM

The United Nations focuses on promoting fair and sustainable economies and societies for the 2016 World Day of Social Justice

SOCIAL JUSTICE. 'New economics' for the United Nations mean people belong to a sustainable and inclusive society. Image courtesy of Alyssa Arizabal

Indonesians' trust in gov't drops since Jokowi's election

Feb 03, 2016 - 12:44 AM

In Indonesia trust in the government now sits at just 58 a 7 point drop from the levels seen after the election of President Joko Widodo

LESS TRUST. Trust in the government drops in Indonesia since President Jokowi's election. File photo by AFP/Mohd Rasfan

#AnimatED: Fast growth + slow job creation = inequality

Jan 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The 2015 UN HDR urges institutional reforms and more equitable access to services These should be part of our campaign discourse

How privilege, power in the economy drive extreme inequality in Asia

Jan 22, 2016 - 6:13 PM

Many Asian countries have prospered and created new wealth However this wealth and the prosperity and opportunities that it promises are not being equally shared

INEQUALITY. While the recent boom brings greater prosperity to some people in Asia, an even larger number find themselves struggling under their circumstances

62 richest own as much as world's poorest half – report

Jan 18, 2016 - 9:44 AM

Oxfam: The gap between the richest and the rest has widened dramatically in the past 12 months

A homeless man with a sign asks for money on a street in New York on October 14, 2014. Jewel Samad/AFP

To-Fix List: What issues should 2016 candidates address?

Jan 09, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Rappler prepares an initial list of issues that leaders should discuss as they seek our votes in 2016. What other issues do you want candidates to address?

UNFPA: Ending inequality road to building resiliency

Dec 04, 2015 - 5:56 PM

To build better and more sustainable communities after disasters the United Nations Population Fund believes gender inequality must be addressed

APEC: Special lanes for whom?

Nov 14, 2015 - 10:47 PM

There was a time before APEC and before the era of globalization that people s lives got better even if slowly and sometimes haltingly and economic policy was not so methodical in supporting corporate profits and swelling oligarchic wealth

Barong-barong: State of poor man's housing

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:59 AM

With the Philippines being hailed as Asia s rising tiger it might be forgotten that some of its cubs are growing hungrier by the day

The Leader I Want: Miriam Santiago's to-fix list for 2016

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Miriam Santiago s stand on key issues that the next president will have to address

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Jennifer Lawrence tackles Hollywood sexism

Oct 14, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Jennifer Lawrence speaks up about wage inequality in Lena Dunham s online newsletter Lenny Letter

PAY INEQUALITY. Jennifer Lawrence hit out at industry sexism in an essay for the online newsletter, Lenny Letter. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:02 PM

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today not my own hard work

PH Commission on Women to political parties: Respect women

Oct 03, 2015 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Commission on Women also commends those who expressed indignation over the lewd dance performance at the birthday celebration of a Liberal Party lawmaker

RESPECT, PROTECT WOMEN. The Philippine Commission on Women, chaired by Remedios Rikken, called on political parties to respect women following the incident at a birthday party of a lawmaker featuring sexy dancers. Photo from the Philippine Commission on Women Facebook account

#EndDiscriminationNow: On being Muslim and discriminated

Sep 25, 2015 - 6:00 PM

It is now or never – discrimination has to end Imagine a world where religion and race are no longer issues It is the kind of world I bet we would all want to live in

Despite high economic growth, PH poverty on the rise

Sep 24, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Although Asia as a region has been successful in translating positive economic growth to poverty reduction Philippine poverty is still increasing despite its GDP growth

The Leader I Want: Chiz Escudero’s to-fix list for 2016

Sep 17, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Chiz Escudero s stand on key issues that the next vice president is expected to help the president tackle

VP. Sen. Francis Escudero is set to declare his vice presidential bid on Friday, September 17. Rappler file photo.

How do you feel about Grace Poe's take on issues?

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:42 PM

Click on your mood for where she stands on corruption social inequality climate change and disasters foreign policy OFWs and the peace process and Mindanao

Food security: a daily struggle

Sep 13, 2015 - 2:39 PM

I try to make both ends meet If there is nothing we will not eat breakfast and lunch We will just have the evening meal At least we will not sleep with an empty stomach

In urban poor communities, scarcity on food roots on the problem of unemployment.

Children of the mines

Aug 23, 2015 - 8:01 PM

An 11 year old boy has to work hard just to earn a hundred pesos while the rest of our congressmen are wasting money on substandard infrastructure projects

Kids use a wooden pan to extract gold from a mixture of mud and sand which comes from a pit with up to 8 meters deep. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

How poverty affects street children psychologically

Aug 08, 2015 - 8:00 PM

To break the cycle of poverty the first step is to admit that poverty is also psychological

Photo by Amelie van den Brink

How do you feel about Mar Roxas' take on issues?

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Click on your mood for where he stands on corruption social inequality climate change and disasters foreign policy OFWs and the peace process and Mindanao

The Leader I Want: Mar Roxas’ to-fix list for 2016

Jul 31, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Rappler PHvote s The Leader I Want series looks at Mar Roxas stand on key issues that the next president will have to address

'CONTINUITY'. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas wants to continue the Aquino administration’s good governance and anti-corruption programs, tagged the 'Daang Matuwid.' Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

When Ramadan ends and charity begins

Jul 18, 2015 - 1:04 PM

A Muslim youth leader and peace activist reflects on the significance of Eid l Fitr in the modern world

UN: 10 more years needed to reach MDG on child mortality

Jul 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

About 16 000 children under 5 die every day in 2015 due to preventable causes such as pneumonia diarrhea and malaria