Throughout the month of February, SEAN-CSO’s campaign focused on the theme of Vulnerable Groups and COVID-19. It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. In an instant, life as we knew it was replaced by lockdowns, mask-wearing, and overwhelming uncertainty about the future. With vaccine production picking up in areas around the world, there is hope that more countries will be able to safely reopen in the coming months.
However, from the beginning of the pandemic, society’s most vulnerable groups have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. There has been a rise in anti-Asian sentiments and racist hate crimes, an increase in gender-based violence, and thousands of migrant workers have been laid off or are suffering from reduced/inconsistent wages and challenging work environments.
As the virus continues to run rampant throughout the world, it is crucial to be aware of the intersections between race, gender, and class and the ways in which already existing inequities have been magnified during this global health crisis. In these turbulent times, it is crucial that we come together, learn from each other, support and advocate for one another, and continue to strive for a more just world.
In this edition, we feature our members from the Philippines, which are Diana Moraleda and Maureen Lacuesta from International Alert. We also provide interesting funding opportunities information inside. Download the full version of the newsletter by clicking the button below.