Pandemic: the 'human' rights angle

Pandemic: the 'human' rights angle

Exploring the social inequalities underlying a pandemic

While the word ‘pandemic’ stems from the Greek root ‘pan’ meaning all-inclusive, the recent Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the stark inequalities that have had a disproportionate impact on different socio-economic groups. Some might argue that a disaster isn’t the time to seek human rights protection, but what better time to understand how social inequalities create imbalances in resource allocation from food and shelter, to healthcare and relief?

This session hopes to unbox the ‘human’ side to the pandemic, and holds lessons for today, and tomorrow.

Who should participate:

  1. Human Rights activists.
  2. Activists working with migrants and/or issues pertaining to migrants.
  3. Students of humanities
  4. Humanitarian agencies

Participation: Donor passes for Zoom link -

About the Speaker: Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, has worked on a broad range of issues including police reform, sexual violence, discrimination based on religion or caste, freedom of expression, and armed conflict.

The session will be moderated by Alok Hisarwala - a lawyer and an animal rights activist.

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