The Inequality Virus

Paper author: 
OXFAM
Paper publication date: 
Monday, January 25, 2021

Corona Virus has fed off and increased existing inequalities hitting people living in poverty harder than the rich and has particularly severe impacts on women, Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples and historically marginalized and oppressed communities around the world. This has greatly impacted on peoples lives in health, education and their work and livelihoods.

In 2020, Uganda joined more than 180 countries in the temporary closure of their schools, leaving close to 1.7 billion children and youth out of school when closures were at their peak. The pandemic deprived children in the poorest countries of more than four months of schooling, compared to six weeks for children in high-income countries.

It has been estimated that the pandemic will reverse the gains of the last 20 years of global progress made on girls’ education, resulting in increased poverty and inequality.

'The Inequality Virus' report aims at bringing together a world torn apart by coronavirus through a fair, just and sustainable economy.