For many communities, this is not the first crisis they’ve faced. The lockdown feels familiar to those who have years of experience living and organising in the face of scarce resources and state violence.
So it’s not surprising that grassroots and community activists mobilised quickly in response to COVID-19, from expanding mutual aid groups and launching creative campaigns to getting information out to women at risk of domestic violence.
What can the world learn from these movements to get us through this crisis – and help us rebuild a better world?
Mona Eltahawy: Feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. Her latest book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls’ took her disruption worldwide.
Crystal Lameman: Member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and campaigns against the exploitation of her people and of their land, holding the government of Canada accountable for violations of their treaty rights.
Elif Sarican: Anthropologist (LSE), writer, organiser and an activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement.
Chair, Mary Fitzgerald: Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy.