FEEDBACK- An online session on inequalities in the context COVID-19 to inspire road-safety actors | May 22, 2020
This online session, facilitated by HI, was aimed to break the silos dividing the road-safety and other sectors, with a view to discuss about addressing inequalities, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Illustration by ©Whee In times of unprecedented health crisis, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (of which HI is a member) […]
This online session, facilitated by HI, was aimed to break the silos dividing the road-safety and other sectors, with a view to discuss about addressing inequalities, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illustration by ©Whee
In times of unprecedented health crisis, the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety (of which HI is a member) organizes a series of online sessions where a range of panelists with different backgrounds and perspectives reflect on the changes we have seen, the lessons learned and ways of collaboration and joint messaging.
HI facilitated the online session ‘‘Inequalities during the COVID-19 crisis – Connections with and inspirations for the Road Safety community”, with contributions from three panelists: Elisa Visconti (Action Aid Italy), Sara Múnera Orozco (Whee Educación para la inclusion) and Phillipa Tucker (Accountability International)
The debate developed around two key questions:
- How are specific groups of people being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Is this crisis exacerbating inequalities?
- What are we learning from this crisis and from its response in terms of social cohesion, right of the most vulnerable, inclusion? And what can NGOs and local communities do to be part of the solution?
Road safety actors (including victims’ associations, civil society organisations, leaders, and decision-makers) are very familiar with the concept of “inequalities” and “vulnerable groups”: more than half of global road traffic induced deaths are amongst vulnerable road users, and people in low-income countries run a three-time higher risk of dying in a road crash than people in high-income countries. Unsafe roads kill and injure, but they are also a major factor of social exclusion: when people feel unsafe to use the roads, they cannot access education, employment, infrastructure and services.
Similarly, social determinants of health have a significant impact on the way individuals and communities are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the globe, we are all currently living similar circumstances, but social and economic criteria govern the extent of the coronavirus disease spread in the population at determine people’s opportunities for health and quality of life.
However, the current crisis has also offered windows of opportunities. We are witnessing a revamp of individual and social responsibility: we realized that each of us has a role to play and each of us is part of the solution, in particular when it comes to the prevention of its worrisome spreading.
Solidarity initiatives have blossomed across cities, neighborhoods, and communities; many of these initiatives have been supported by local organisations and groups.
The current crisis is thus an opportunity to reaffirm the fundamental role civil society organisations and citizens as key partner in addressing public issues, implement measures, and hold duty-bearers accountable.
To watch the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tzc5PzWLE&feature=youtu.be