Caste, gender, and communal identity and the COVID-19 crisis

How has India’s response to COVID-19 impacted discrimination based on religion, caste and gender identity? Join‌ ‌us‌ ‌to‌ ‌hear‌ ‌from‌ ‌AID‌ ‌partners‌ ‌working‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌frontlines,‌ ‌encountering‌ ‌and‌ ‌standing‌ ‌up‌ ‌against‌ ‌discrimination‌ ‌and‌ ‌advocating‌ for Right ‌To Equal Justice for all.

Date: Sunday, 26 April 2020

Time: 8:30 AM Pacific Time, 11:30 AM Eastern time, 9 PM India Time

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Sumi‌ ‌Das is a‌ ‌Transgender‌ ‌rights’‌ ‌activist‌ ‌based‌ ‌in‌ ‌West‌ ‌Bengal,‌ ‌Founder‌ ‌of‌ ‌
Moitree‌ ‌Sanjog‌ ‌Society‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cooch‌ ‌Behar,‌ ‌West‌ ‌Bengal.‌ ‌ ‌

Hasina‌ ‌Khan ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌movement‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌last‌ ‌three‌ ‌
decades.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌Awaaz-e-Niswaan‌ ‌and‌ ‌founder‌ ‌the‌ ‌umbrella‌ ‌
organization‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌Muslim’s‌ ‌women‌ ‌group‌ ‌Bebaak‌ ‌collective,‌ ‌which‌ ‌works‌ ‌with‌ ‌various‌ ‌
women’s‌ ‌organizations‌ ‌across‌ ‌India.‌ ‌

KB Obalesh convenes the Safai Karmachari Kavulu Samithi Karnataka, a group of activists working for the rehabilitation of persons engaged in manual scavenging and total eradication of manual scavenging, an illegal and inhumane form of caste based slavery

Ravishankar Arunachalam coordinates Chudar, an after-school program for children in low income neighborhoods of Chennnai.

Association for India’s Development is a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development, through efforts in interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources including land, water and energy, agriculture, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. AID partners have provided urgent relief to several thousands of families under lockdown and are helping communities slow the spread of COVID-19 through awareness and by producing and distributing PPE and strengthening people’s access to healthcare.

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