Hopefulness Comes With a Price: How COVID-19 Affects Poverty

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While many people around the world understand the imploding global crisis in how Covid-19 affects people’s health, we have yet to understand the deeply rooted issue this pandemic will have on a much larger cause: poverty.

According to the United Nations’ Human Rights webpage reports highlight that this worldwide crisis will push 176 million more people (in addition to the 250 who already been a push to impoverishment due to the pandemic). This alarming rate applies to low-income individuals, women, refugees, and etc. And all while victims of such neglect are forced to believe they must work harder to earn better incomes, that is only a portion of how this matter can be fixed.

In fact, the United Nations claims “growth alone, without far more robust redistribution of wealth, would fail to effectively tackle poverty” said De Schutter.

This means ending poverty by 2030 has now become unrealistic due to social change. Furthermore, De Schutter exclaims it would require a 173-fold increase in global GDP to destroy poverty in 200 years, which speculates just how plausible can we tackle this matter.

In a land of cooking up probable prospects to dismantle the lingering effect COVID-19 will have on poverty, how can we ensure that minimizing such perpetual discrimination and social abuse towards the disadvantage will help reinforce the rights of this group?

Written Jakiria Williams

Edited by Sheena Robertson

Sources: United Nations Human Rights: Ending poverty by 2030 now a fading dream

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