Reducing inequalities and ensuring 'no one is left behind' are essential in creating a better, more equitable, world.
Inequality within our local and global society is a persistent cause for concern. Despite some hard won and campaigned for positive signs toward reducing inequality it is still within in our society.
We have a long way to go on stopping racism, on developing ways to end poverty or acheiving gender equality but we are making progress.
Covid-10 has not created new inequalities is has exposed and deepened the pre-existing inequalities we have in the world. It has put a spotlight on economic inequalities and fragile social safety nets that leave vulnerable communities to bear the brunt of the crisis. At the same time, social, political and economic inequalities have amplified the impacts of the pandemic.
COVID-19 also puts at risk the limited progress that has been made on gender equality, feminism and women’s rights over the past decades. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the impacts of COVID-19 are exacerbated for women and girls simply by virtue of their sex.
Inequalities are also deepening for vulnerable people and communities in countries with weaker health systems and those facing existing humanitarian crises. Refugees and migrants, as well as indigenous peoples, older persons, people with disabilities and children are particularly at risk of being left behind.
When we look at the rise of hate speech and conflict around the world, particular discrimination driven conflict we can see we have a lot to do in the world to achieve peace.
We need to work together, to work inclusively and to ensure that no one is left behind becomes not a 'statement' but a mandate for all individuals to work towards. Most of all we need to listen to others to learn.