All Hands In

Gender &
Racial Equality

Problems and solutions

With so many challenges, it's hard to know where to start.  We start by defining some of the most pressing issues, looking at the data, and learning about evidence based opportunities for change.  

THE PROBLEMS
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Global gender inequality
  • The 2022 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender parity across four key factors (Economic Participation and Opportunity; Educational Attainment; Health and Survival; and Political Empowerment), reported its key findings as follows:

    • The Health and Survival gender gap has closed 95.8% and Educational Attainment by 94.4%; however, Economic Participation and Opportunity gaps have only closed 60.3% and Political Empowerment by just 22%.

    • At current rates of progress, it will take 132 years to reach full gender parity worldwide across the four factors.

    • Individually, at current rates it will take 155 years to close the Political Empowerment gender gap; 151 years for the Economic Participation and Opportunity gender gap; and 22 years for the Educational Attainment gender gap; the time to close the Health and Survival gender gap 'remains undefined as its progress to parity has stalled'.

    • The gender gap remains largest in Middle East and South Asia, sitting at just over 60% closed in both regions.

    • The United States is ranked only 27th in the world with a 0.769 gender parity score.

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Internationally unjust policing toward Africans and people of African descent
  • A 2020 UN report described the global reach of unjust and racist policing toward individuals of African descent:

    • In the U.S., African Americans comprise 13% of the population but account for 26% of arrests.

    • In Canada, a Black person in Toronto is nearly 20 times more likely than a white person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police.

    • In the UK, there are 6 stop and searches for every 1,000 white people and 54 for every 1,000 Black people.

    • In France, Black men are 20 times more likely to be subjected to an identity check and face physical abuse during police stops.

    • In Brazil, the mortality rate due to police interventions is 183.2% higher for people of African descent than for white people.

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U.S. racial economic disparities
  • A 2019 report from Inequality.org presented the following key findings on the racial wealth divide in the United States:

    • Since the early 1980s, median wealth among Black and Latino families has been stuck at less than $10,000; meanwhile, white household median wealth grew from $105,300 to $140,500, adjusting for inflation.

    • The median Black family has a net worth of $3,600, just 2% of the $147,000 of wealth the median white family owns; median Latino family has assets worth $6,600, just 4% as much as the median white family.

      • This means the median white family has 41 times more wealth than the median Black family and 22 times the median Latino family.

    • If the trajectory of the past three decades continues, by 2050 the median white family will have a net worth of $174,000, while Latino median wealth will be $8,600 and Black median wealth will be $600.

    • The median Black family is on track to reach zero wealth by 2082.

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THE SOLUTIONS

What can we do about it?

1

Policy reform:
changing policy to structurally combat gender or racial inequality on international, national, or local levels.

2

Advocacy:
promoting more equitable ideals and/or discouraging racist, sexist, or otherwise hostile ideals.

3

Intervention programs:
programs to directly uplift or empower women and/or racially discriminated people.

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”

Maya Angelou

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