SDG8: Decent work and economic growth

Lack of dignified employment pushes many, particularly young people, into organized crime networks which fuel gun violence. Lack of opportunity means that gangs are often the only source of income. Gun violence from organized crime networks limits economic investment in communities which could provide opportunity, resulting in a vicious cycle. When communities do speak out for better working conditions, gun violence is used to silence them. Labour rights activists and human rights defenders are often attacked and or assassinated by organized crime, governments and companies when they advocate for better working conditions. The result is that many communities are forced into labour with dangerous working conditions and low pay and fear to speak out.