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Webinar on Healthcare: The concept of “Common”, towards a social, economic and ecological democracy

22. Mai 2020 - 17:39
Body: The common goods' point of view seems to be a particularly useful and profitable one for understanding the crisis of the pandemic, both on the health and on the economic and social aspect. It would also, and above all, enable the definition of the answers to get out of this crisis, identifying the forms of a new economic and social model. The first element that appears decisive is undoubtedly the health system. The role of the public in addressing the crisis is a fact acquired for both the general public opinion and for the economic and political elites themselves. However, only through the role of democratic control of health as a common good, it is possible to prevent a return of the logic of market and privatization process which have demonstrated weakness in dealing with the situation After decades of cuts in healthcare spending and of TINA (There Is Not Alternative) in which the collective interest was denied, the pandemic offers us the opportunity to question this mantra and impose political choices in favor of the well-being of citizens and communities. Starting from the point of view of common goods also means including the terrain of social conflict, without which no result is possible. Every social conquest is the result of the mobilization and fight, the conception of common goods must be able to include and promote this aspect, in order to advance the change in the current economic paradigm. Another dimension that the webinar intends to focus on is the dimension of the crisis of globalism that the pandemic highlights. The only antidote to xenophobic and reactionary nationalism that this crisis could be promoted in each country, is an international response of solidarity and satisfaction of the needs and interests of people at the expense of the interests of multinationals and finance, reinforcing the democratic participation and "using" the solidarity experience we have seen during the crisis. List of Speakers: - Marisa Matias, Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL - Nicoletta Dentico, Society for International Development, Geneva Global Health Hub - Sangeeta Shashikant, ThirdWorldnetwork, Expert on Big Pharma, London Coord. Birgit Daiber   Link for registration:     After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar Image: Promoted: Introduction: On Monday 25 May at 3pm (CET) Transform Europe is launching its 2nd Webinar on Healthcare as a Commons to bring in a multidimensional analysis of crisis exposed by the pandemic. The session will focus on the health system as a common good and the fight against big Pharma with special regard to Europe.

Feminist Response to COVID-19: an online repository to strengthen solidarity

8. Mai 2020 - 10:15
Body:  Feminist organizations and activists have been very dynamic reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing their own analysis through gender and intersectional perspectives, as well as shedding light on the inequalities impacting women and LGBTQA+ people during the on-going health crisis.  COVID-19 has exacerbated the gendered aspect of inequalities, placing women at the front line of healthcare systems maintenance, while being less able to participate in decision-making processes concerning their own needs and situation. In fact, women often represents the great majority of health workers. In countries heavily impacted by the current pandemic, such as China or France, women represents 90% of nurses in hospitals. Furthermore, while unfair division of labor inside households increases women’s care work and tend to make them more exposed to the virus, policy responses to guaranteeing the continuity and security of sexual and reproductive rights or to prevent domestic violence continue to be largely disregarded.  In late February, the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW),  working towards the achievement of gender equality in the realization of the 2030 Agenda, was cancelled. In their blog, the activists Emilia Reyes and Bridget Burns points out that « for these groups of feminists, in addition to local and national concerns, a void in multilateral efforts to address the crisis posed a clear risk for the effectiveness of the responses ». They called for a collective response from the feminists movements to tackle the challenge of bringing a comprehensive, intersectional response to the COVID-19 at global level.  As part of this effort, feminist organizations and activists, working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice have come together in a moment of collective organizing to outline key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic, as well as to track responses and uplift collective action of feminists around the world.  In this sense, the « Feminist response to COVID-19 » website was launched to gather inputs facilitating the coordination among feminist groups and activists that are directly facing the crisis on the ground, but also as a starting point to map out possible scenarios and strategies for the long-term response from policy decision-makers. The dynamic team of 25 volunteer that is fueling the website on a weekly basis by having identified a set of principles that emerged from the movements and cross-cutting human right’s aspects. Moreover, the website was provided with a Response Tracker section gathering several exemples of policy-response to the COVID-19 affecting women and LGBTQA+ people; as well as both Online Dialogue and Resource sections that aims to relay diverse informations such as feminist fundings, calls to actions, resourcing, political analysis… In the coming weeks, a public facing form will allow for individuals to upload information and analysis which, so far,  have been omitted. The website brings a real platform for scaling up the feminist perspective into COVID-19 policy responses, bringing a reflection on the sense of care, its place in society and the redefinition of ‘essential work’, at the intersection of political, economic and gender inequalities.    Image: Promoted: Introduction: Feminists across organizations and movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, economic and social justice came together to launch, a volunteer online data repository of information on feminist principles and actions, as well as policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. 

COVID-19 response and the climate crisis: people and planet first!  

4. Mai 2020 - 9:58
Body: As the health crisis ask extraordinary measures from States and international institutions, the financial response to the Covid-19 pandemic will also require exceptional measures to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown of our economies. While the pandemic crisis and the series of responses taken exacerbate the already existing inequalities within countries, affecting disproportionately the most marginalized by the system, the post-Covid economic recovery must not be climate-blind. For this reason,45 NGOs and think-tanks have sent a letter to ECB President Christine Lagarde on April 30 to call for remembering that the health and economic crisis came at a time of climate crisis too, « and we cannot address one crisis while ignoring the other». Indeed, as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, the ECB’s financial strategy is being changed to the detriment of green investments. In the letter, the organizations makes recommendations to the ECB to initiate a coordinated structural response to both the COVID-19 and climate crisis. These , includes:   - Align its asset purchasing programmes and collateral frameworks with the Paris Climate Agreement, to support the low carbon transition.   - Align its refinancing operations to the banking sector with the Paris Agreement to encourage more sustainable bank lending and fill the green investment gap. - Support asset markets for sustainable investment and coordinate operations with the European Investment Bank (or other equivalent European institutions) to ramp up green investment and lock-in a low carbon future.   - Implement prudential measures to increase the resilience of the European banking sector to climate risks and reduce brown financial flows (e.g. financing fossil fuels).   - Lead by example on climat disclosures and transparency by assessing and regularly communicating to elected officials the alignment of its operations with the Paris Agreement and that of the European banking sector.   You can access  the letter here.   A briefing paper providing more informations is also available here.       Image: Promoted: Introduction: The monetary policy decisions taken on April 30 by the European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council are not on the way to meet a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis. Forty-five NGOs and think tanks have written to ECB President Christine Lagarde demanding action.   

COVID-19 and Global Inequality: Register now for tomorrow’s webinar!

27. April 2020 - 15:51
Body: A webinar series ‘Global Pandemics in an Unequal World’ seeks to ask what is needed at local, national, and global level to combat inequalities and promote a more egalitarian and sustainable pandemic response. Nicoletta Dentico will be presenting in tomorrow’s online livestream “COVID-19 and Global Inequality”. In a series of articles published last month, SID’s Health Programme Lead, Nicoletta Dentico has already warned on “the health divide existing between the North and the South of the world. It has produced different and diverging approaches, multiplying inefficiencies and opportunities for corruption (in line with the global empirical evidence), and ultimately increasing costs.” Tomorrow there will be an opportunity to deepen the debate on how COVID-19’s unfolding is reinforcing inequality in a discussion moderated by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, professor and director of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.  The event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 28 April at 5pm (Rome time). It is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. You can do by accessing here.     Image: Promoted: