‘COVID-19 And Global Inequality’: What Needs To Be Done?
Soweto, South Africa. Poverty and crowded conditions make lockdowns doubly difficult.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it continues to reveal and reinforce deep inequalities within and between countries, where low income and marginalized populations pay the highest price and suffer the most.

On Tuesday 28 April, a Panel discussion on ‘COVID-19 And Global Inequality’ will zoom into the issues even more deeply, with featured speakers including Winnie Biyanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, Mandeep Dhaliwal, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as well as voices from academia and civil society. The event is being hosted by the New-York based Julien J.Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, in collaboration with Health Policy Watch.

The event, at 3 p.m. GMT time (11 EDT/17 CET), is the first in a series on Global Pandemics in an Unequal World webinar, which will address how public policymakers and civil society can change the dominant discourse of many policy debates by prioritizing health, sustainability and egalitarianism.

“Inqualities are deeply driven by the entrenched structures of health systems and the global economy. And after this pandemic is over, these are likely to be even more riveted onto the social fabric of societies – unless we get the right policies in place,” said Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor and Program Director of International Affairs at the New School in New York, who will moderate the webinar. The series will continue over the summer, looking at other themes related to COVID-19 and health inequalities.  

Along with Biyanyima, and Dhalilwal, director of HIV/AIDS and human rights at UNDP, Tuesday’s panel will also include:

  • Nicoletta Dentico, journalist and director of the Global Health Program at the Society for International Development (SID) and;
  • Manjari Mahajan, associate professor of international affairs & Starr professor and co-director of the India China Institute at The New School

Link here to register for the event. Follow the livestream here:

Image Credits: Matt-80.