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Lottery of birth
Lottery of birth

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4 Summary of Week 3

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Over the course of the learning this week you have considered some of the challenges set by the Sustainable Development Goals and the progress made if they are achieved, or partially achieved.

The inequality you have been focusing on this week is gender and you’ve heard about some of the challenges that women and girls face all over the world simply because they were born female.

That there has been huge, mostly positive, change to the lives of girls and women all around the world is pretty clear. But the campaign against female genital mutilation demonstrates how deeply rooted some cultural and social practices that do extensive harm to young women can be.

In Week 4, you will be able to think about what is perhaps the key question when it comes to considering the lottery of birth. Some degree of income and wealth inequality is probably unavoidable but how much is too much? And how can deeply entrenched inequality be reduced?

You will hear from some key thinkers addressing this issue. You will also think about how inequality will continue to affect upcoming generations. Finally, you’ll be invited to finish the course by selecting a socio-cultural, political, economic or scientific change or breakthrough which addresses the lottery of birth and write a short piece explaining its importance and impact.