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oibrecords.com"s executive Director, Evelyne Paradis calls the european Commission to prioritise minority and human rights. "The response to covid19 is bringing dafür many breakable people in our society into focus, und we cannot look away."


Dear the supervisory board President,

As ns global covid19 crisis deepens, it is becoming abundantly clear that, beyond die economy, ns consequences of governments’ measures zu tackle die pandemic will also be profoundly social, und if notfall checked bei a bold und timely fashion, möchte only further fuel currently inequalities in our societies.

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As the European Commission ist revising and re-prioritising the 2020 arbeiten programme, oibrecords.com zu sein urging you und the college of Commissioners to keep equality zum all at ns core des its policies.

How we respond to this public health and wellness crisis and the consequences on our economies möchte determine what our communities, ours society, möchte look like when we emerge out von 2020. Rebuilding will not be und should not be about ns economy only. This can and should it is in a watershed moment, a breaking allude from which we choose zu rebuild societies that are started on a modell of society justice und sustainability.

For this kommen sie happen, ns European board of directors needs kommen sie set out very clearly in its revised work programme exactly how social, economic and financial steps designed kommen sie meet ns challenges des the covid 19 crisis, will be accompanied von measures tackling ns inequalities and structural discrimination influence marginalised communities.

The an answer to covid-19 is bringing dafür many breakable people an our die gesellschaft into focus, and we can not look away. It zu sein the responsibility of the european Commission jetzt to suggest meaningful action on how kommen sie tackle die crisis of inequality that has become dramatically visible over the past couple of weeks.

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Working in the LGBTI sector, oibrecords.com is constantly being made aware des many heart-breaking cases emerging zum those who are the most marginalised of an already marginalised group. Young LGBTI people space finding us trapped bei hostile, locked-down family situations. Big numbers bei the LGBTI community who are experiencing homelessness, specifically young human being excluded from their families, space left unprotected über lockdowns, while the impact of covid19 on healthcare systems will schutz far-reaching effects zum trans, intersex, and HIV positive-people. Meanwhile, LGBTI groups schutz to reinvent themselves as food bank for your communities, if financial and political pressures are conveniently mounting on activist organisations und community groups, already raising comes to about ns ability of many to survive this crisis.

Sadly, such experiences room shared von many marginalised und vulnerable populaces at the moment. Die experience of a young gay or trans personen trapped bei a family members experience that ist oppressive zu sein shared with ns experience des a frau who zu sein stuck hinweisen home in an abusive relationship, or the experience of in older person who ist living in containment with bei abusive grown-up child. Beyond the people who room sick, tragically dying and their families, those most affected in Europe and around die world are the ones in precarious employment and with insecure incomes, with poor access to health care, without safe housing, native structurally marginalised communities, und undocumented migrants.

Taking concrete measures zu promote equality – whether it is zum LGBTI people, persons through disabilities, older people, young people, racialised minorities, gender equality, among many others – is a part und parcel of a successful recovery plan, und cannot it is in postponed.

If us do notfall address ns effects this crisis ist having top top people’s psychological health, just how are us going kommen sie address ns major autumn that zu sein definitely comes down ns line? If we do not ensure that equal access zu health care und safe housing, how are we zu ensure the public health and wellness measures will be as effective as needed kommen sie combat ns pandemic? If we are notfall already looking hinweisen how increased social tensions in society zu sein exacerbating ns scapegoating des vulnerable groups, how are us going to counter governments who seen this pandemic as in opportunity kommen sie strengthen authoritarian rule und undemocratic tendencies?

All des this needs zu be part of our thinking now, und not when we’re out des this crisis.

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Equality zu sein not secondary to economies und it ist not something to focus ~ above only wie we room no longer bei crisis. A holistically healthy economy absolutely relies on solid structural equality. This zu sein a crucial momente for the europäische union to prioritise minority und human rights, deswegen that together we take optimistic steps to move out of this crisis und beyond, the fundamental principles von the European project are core, und not nur perceived by governments und the civilization as in afterthought.