While some attention has been placed on the ways in which COVID-19 has brought the world together, the pandemic has shone a light on what continues to keep people apart.
Differences in age, wealth, race and ethnicity, have a profound impact on individual vulnerabilities to the disease and its consequences. Differences have also become apparent in people’s experiences of the pandemic be it higher rates of virus-related mortality among men, women’s and girls’ greater vulnerability to domestic violence during lockdown or the differences between male and female leaders in decision-making at times of crisis.
What needs to be done to entrench positive practices, such as an opening of employment opportunities due to long-distance working, emerging from this pandemic?
To what extent do certain issues, for example evidence that men tend to show greater risk-taking behaviour, help explain the current global health, economic and political landscape?
What are the prospects for change?