Hong Kong Inequality Report
Oxfam Hong Kong published the ‘Hong Kong Inequality Report’ to shed light on the widening gap between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong, and take a closer look at poverty in Hong Kong. Over the past 15 years, the wealth gap has drastically widened and has become far worse than other developed areas. In fact, in 2016, 1.3 million people were trapped in poverty.
Further, the report – which examines data from the Census and Statistics Department's 2001-2016 Population Census, the Mid-term Population Census and related data – found that the gap between the median monthly income of the poorest and wealthiest households had increased from 34 times in 2006 to 44 times.
To tackle the dangerous gap between the rich and poor, Hong Kong should urgently implement progressive policies on governance, taxation, public spending, public services, labour rights and civic engagement in order to create a human economy that benefits all, not just the fortunate few.
Fair the Sheep advocacy and public education activities
The Cantonese saying gung1 ping4 me1 (公平咩?) is used to question whether economic rules that favour the wealthy and powerful are fair. In light of the ‘Hong Kong Inequality Report’, we have created a character named Fair the Sheep – whose name is a play on the question gung1 ping4 me1 – to raise awareness about local inequality. Through art and pop culture, and a series of online creative works and activities we have created, we hope to enhance the public's understanding of systemic inequality. Join us as we rethink how society works and act to narrow the widening gap between the rich and poor.
Campaign with us
Your voice is powerful and you can bring about change. Sign this online petition and demand the Hong Kong government to include and respond to Oxfam Hong Kong’s policy calls in the upcoming Policy Address and 2018-19 Budget.