Visualising inequalities around the world
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
The increasing social, political, economical and gender gaps across the world is thought provoking. Unfortunately, the division among people within and without the same boundaries is now affecting human lives far more intensely. We are told that we are free, but how much of that freedom belongs to us? Freedom in this sense is like capitalism, we feel we have a choice but choices for us are made by people in high chambers. Equality is another notion that is a far fetched thought. The world is in a huge chaos, and we seem to be fine with that.
The Equality Project will focus on highlighting these inequalities around the world. The project will always be open source so that everyone who wishes to contribute can be a part of it. The data on the website was extracted from various open source datasets like Wikipedia and United Nations data.
Website — https://equality.website
GitHub — https://github.com/surbhioberoi/The-Equality-Project
3,287 people are sold or kidnapped for slavery, sexual exploitation and forced labour everyday. The global sex slavery market generates a profit of $32 billion each year. On an average, a human is sold for less than $100. The “At any time there are 2 million children being trafficked in global sex trade” — UNICEF. There are more than 12.3 million victims of human trafficking. Among them, approximately 81% are women and girls.
This is a huge problem that needs our attention.
While collecting data for this, I found out that the some countries (marked partial) allow their citizens all rights of being a same-sex couple, provided they get married in some other country where it is allowed. Such countries include Estonia, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and United Kingdom. One cannot marry his/her beloved unless he/she can afford an overseas trip. Asia lacks far behind in allowing same sex marriages.
There are some countries that have a death sentence for homosexuality, these include Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates.
Imagine living in a country where government controls all the websites. In North Korea, only 4% of the population has internet. In Burma the government filters through all your emails. More than 40,000 websites are blocked in Saudi Arabia that discuss anything incompatible with the Islamic beliefs and monarchy. In Iran Bloggers need to register in the Ministry of Art and Culture. Iran also blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Other such major countries are China, UAE, Vietnam, Yemen, Bahrain and Cuba.
Approximately 17% of the world’s adult population is illiterate, two-thirds of them being women. 122 million youth are globally illiterate and even here 61% are women. The global literacy rate of males is 90% and females is 82.7%. Over 75% of the world’s illiterate adults are from South Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The partial marked countries in the maps are those that do not give the press freedom as promised and if some journalist steps up to report the matter, they have to face consequences. South Africa leads in jailing journalists. There are many countries that follow this hush hush practice, such as Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, India, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Gambia, Palestine, Iran, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and many more.
Originally published at surbhioberoi.com on February 27, 2017.