Wednesday, August 26, 2020 / 05:00PM / Oando Plc / Header Image Credit: Oando Plc
Oando PLC is set to host the third edition of its webinar series themed 'The Inequality Virus: Revolution Based Change to Achieve Inclusive Growth'. The webinar is scheduled to hold on September 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. (WAT), with three distinguished panelists: Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President & CEO, Women in Africa Initiative; Dr. Jason Hickel, Economic Anthropologist and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Maimuna Maibe, Country Director Nigeria, Global Citizen.
The theme for the upcoming webinar is predicated on rising inequality between and within countries, a resultant effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term consequences of this being that the eventual economic recovery from the pandemic may have little to no impact on the poor and other marginalized groups, potentially leaving them worse off and facing greater inequality than ever before. Another outcome of the pandemic and this widening gulf between the rich and poor is an increase in social unrest.
A case in point being the recent unanimous declarations of a state of emergency by the 36 state Governors of Nigeria, after a series of high-profile cases of violence against women sparked nationwide protests both online and in person rallies. Conditions globally dictate that the pandemic will simply increase the likelihood of unrest, uprisings and revolutions. History has shown that desperate people are more inclined to resort to drastic measures including violence for solutions.
The webinar aims to discuss alternative perspectives on the causes of inequality, the role of technology and various players (public and private) in preventing an increased inequality gap, as well as proffer actionable solutions which can be implemented, to drive revolutionary, effective and immediate change against existing injustices and inequalities.