In the midst of dealing with a global viral pandemic, the problem of systemic racism and institutional injustices has resurfaced across the United States. With the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, hundreds of protests have formed in communities around the world, calling for an end of the systemic racism in which has heavily oppressed the justice and freedom of many.
Despite much of humanity being faced with one of its worst pandemics for over a century, COVID-19 has not been a great equaliser. Pre-existing vulnerabilities have been exposed and social, economic, gender and religious inequalities have been exacerbated. If we do not address these inequalities now, the situation could be dramatically worse for religious minorities around the world in the wake of Covid-19 and its manifold consequences. So, what can be done? Join the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) online to hear from their international panel of experts and those experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 in Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Keynote: Rehman Chishti MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief
Chair: Mariz Tadros, CREID/Institute of Development Studies
Speakers: Ali Abbas, HIVE (Pakistan), Fatima Suleiman, Islamic Counselling Initiative of Nigeria, Salam Omer, KirkukNow (Iraq)
Discussants: Mike Battcock, DFID (UK), Marie-Juul Petersen, Danish Institute for Human Rights