Covid 19 has highlighted inequalities that have led to drastically different outcomes for different demographics. Some will be able to work from home, others will need to remain at work and clearly at a higher risk. In the black men have been found to be several times more likely to die from the illness than their white counterparts. Across the world the impact of the illness will play into existing inequalities.
In the midst of the crisis, some of the largest protests seen in the US in half a century have flared up over police violence towards black citizens. Many consider this a potential moment for change towards more just structures.
Demands for a more just environment have been called of, and a reconstruction of social systems which many argue reproduces injustice. This discussion asks how we can understand this through a capabilities lens. The panellists are all thinkers who have used the capability approach extensively.
Information on panelists can be downloaded as a pdf file
Panelists: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School), Sophie Mitra (Fordham University). Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College London)
How can a Capabilities framework help us to understand how CoVid-19 is affecting communities differently, and why? How will the Covid-19 crisis be affected by pre-existing inequalities and how will it create inequalities? During a crisis for existing economies, with ecological challenges ahead, can the Capabilities framework offer an alternative outlook as to the way forward from this crisis?HDCA Webinar HDCA Videos