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Stakeholders Commit to Combat Inequality and to Even It Up

Oxfam’s Even It Up campaign in Asia wants to motivate and drive multiple stakeholders to embrace and act on the issue of inequality. In the lead up to the launch, Oxfam approached various people and groups and encouraged them to create a commitment to fight inequality.

The pledges below are made independently by the individuals and organisations, and they are also the sole responsibility of those who made them. They illustrate that everyone can play a role in addressing inequality. Oxfam will continue to work with existing partners and reach out to new ones in its fight against inequality and poverty.

Oxfam sincerely thanks those who have contributed these pledges. Our goal is to inspire many more to take part in fighting inequality in all its forms.

Pledges:

* Minister for the Ministry of Information of the Government of Bangladesh

  1. The Grand Alliance Government of Bangladesh is committed to introduce appropriate socioeconomic and legal measures to reduce inequality in the country and progress has already been made. We hope these measures can act as a roadmap and example for other countries.
  2. We are committed to passing in Parliament the recently drafted Anti-Discrimination Act 2014 with strong provisions against different forms of inequality.
  3. We are following inclusive and sustainable development strategies to support the small and marginal producers, as well as for farm and non-farm Small and Medium Enterprises. We have made our central bank and other institutions very active in promoting inclusive strategies for enhanced access to finance and investment for poor people and SMEs.
  4. We are committed to continue our efforts in health and education sector. By this time, we already have reduced maternal and child mortality, enhanced access to sanitation, ensured access to free primary education for all with a special focus on secondary education for girls.
  5. We are committed to maintain our budgetary allocation for social protection programmes as well as social empowerment programme. For Social Protection Programme we are spending near about 10% of our national budget and 1.7 of our GDP. For Social Empowerment Programme we are spending near about 3% of our budget and 0.5% of our GDP.
  6. We are transforming our energy subsidy policy so that the poorest people will pay less than the rich. We are ensuring access to energy with affordable prices for our small and marginal producers. I will be pushing for progressive tax policy that are fair for everyone so that regressive indirect taxes are replaced with reduced tax evasion and tax avoidances.
  7. We will continue our fight against all forms of unholy alliances of religious fundamentalists and extremists performing against women and promoting all forms of inequality.

Hasanul Haq Inu
Minister, Ministry of Information
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
President, Jatiya samajtantrik Dal-JSD

*  Member of the Constituent Assembly of  Nepal

  1.  As a member of the Constituent Assembly and the Legislature-Parliament,  I am committed to proactively involve myself in drafting and effectively implementing laws and policies to address the socioeconomic, political, cultural, gender, caste and ethnicity inequalities in the country.
  2. I and my political party are committed to promulgate a new constitution which will aim to establish a progressive democracy that guarantees fundamental economic, social and cultural rights, including a free education up to higher secondary level, free basic health, access to employment and housing and food security.
  3. Our party will continue to fight to protect the equality of women, their right to property and reproduction and ensure equal representation of women in all organs of the state.
  4. I am mindful that inequality, discrimination and exclusion are the key factors of poverty in Nepal. Widening gaps between the rich and poor due to poor investment in social services further adds on to it. Investment in public services especially in health and education, and social security provisions contribute to reduce economic and social inequality.
  5. I will make every effort and influence others to ensure good governance and effective implementation of policies and programmes.
  6. Nepal is highly susceptible to climate change risks and ranks 11th in the world in terms of vulnerability to earthquake. Climate change is expected to intensify Nepal’s already pronounced climate variability and increase the frequency of climate extremes such as droughts, landslides and floods. I am committed to development of information and communication technology for climate and disaster resilience.
  7. I am committed to institutionalise my commitments into my party and the parliament and continue my fight to implement them to end inequality in my country.

Gangalal Tuladhar
Member, Constituent Assembly/Legislature-Parliament

* Beiersdorf, South East Asia

  1.  We will DOUBLE the size of our Blue Library Programme. We now aim to open 6 Blue Libraries more in Vietnam by the end of 2017 – providing free access to books, learning and language skills to an additional 1,800 Vietnamese children.
  2. We have also been tackling the same issue right here in Thailand. One was completed in 2014, three are about to be completed by February 2015 and there will be another 4 by the end of the year. By these 8 libraries, there are almost 4,000 children being reached.
  3. In Myanmar, we have just started this same programme and we aim to have our first two libraries within 2015.

Suwannee Sritonyachote, M.D.
Managing Director
Beiersdorf, South East Asia

* Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)

  1. In preparation for the MDG goals being renewed, GCAP pledge to drive inequality harder into that forum. We will double our efforts to have inequality, in all its forms, on the agenda for those discussions.
  2. GCAP will push harder for tax justice, obscene profits and tax evasion.

Ms Biraj Swain
Global Co-Director
Global Call to Action against Poverty

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