In many of the areas where COVID has had the most severe impacts, in health, livelihoods, the care economy and violence against women, there were serious problems even before the pandemic. As most recently confirmed in the Lancet, COVID-19 has acted as a ‘big revealer’ on inequalities, reinforcing the cleavages that already existed, making the path to greater social justice and sustainability ever more difficult. It is abundantly clear, therefore, that as governments strive to cope with the crisis and eventually to emerge on the other side, tinkering around the edges, building back better, to where we were before, is a wholly inadequate response.

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