Although some societies have made more progress than others, none has achieved perfect equality. Hierarchies, discrimination and privilege remain serious obstacles – not only to social development but especially to global sustainable development. The consequences of our unequal society are apparent in the way much of the world’s wealth is in the hands of a small group of people. Other examples are that women and girls do 12.5 billion hours of unpaid work each day in care, childcare and domestic work, and that 103 million young people worldwide lack basic literacy skills. Inequality hinders growth and sustainable development, accelerates poverty and prevents a sense of fulfilment and dignity. Inequalities also foster criminal behaviour, disease and environmental degradation.
SDG 10 seeks to reduce inequalities around age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. It aims to strengthen and promote social, economic and political inclusion. To achieve this, discriminatory laws, policies and practices at the state level should be eliminated. Developing countries should be given a greater say in decisions regarding the international economy, and safe and orderly migration supported. Another key focus of SDG 10 is the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets.
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