Tackling inequality in times of crisis

By
Barbara Van Passen

Barbara van Paassen produces the People vs Inequality Podcast

January 26, 2022

By Barbara van Paassen, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” (Arundhati Roy, 2020)

Arundhati Roy said it so well; the pandemic is an opportunity to do things differently and to imagine a better world. As growing inequalities are threatening our societies, endangering our planet, and destroying lives, the question is: how can we use this moment to create a more just and equal world? In order to start developing an answer to this question, I took a deep dive into the issue of women’s economic justice, which has only become more urgent as the Covid-19 pandemic goes on.

It was the focus of the very first series of the People vs Inequality podcast, which is a space to reflect and learn with change-makers working to tackle inequalities and injustice. We hear about their work, the choices they make, the approaches they take, the obstacles they face and their hopes and dreams in making real change happen. I am happy to share some of the findings from the first series, in which we explored the question: women’s economic justice - how can we make covid the gamechanger we so desperately need?

This blog first appeared on the AFSEE website

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