Commentary: Unchecked corporate power paved the way for COVID-19 & women are at the frontlines

Author: Felogene Anumo, Cambridge Core Blog, Published on: 19 March 2020

"Unchecked corporate power paved the way for COVID-19, and globally, women are at the frontlines", 17 March 2020

... [C]orporations have been the frontrunners in globalizing travel and trade, climate pollution, urbanization, privatization of social services and environmental destruction, all of which have made the world a playing ground for the rapid spread of  Covid-19...

NASA satellite images have in the past few days revealed a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China... [T]he closure of Chinese manufacturing companies in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in an economic go-slow – an involuntary de-growth of the economy...

[A] whopping 94% of the employees in the top 50 world’s largest transnational corporations are hidden within global supply chains where women and girls are often concentrated... several industries are likely to be thrown into a disarray, further impacting workers’ livelihoods...

Corporate power has created a landscape of astronomical price tags on getting care and leaving people far more vulnerable during such pandemics... [A]t most risk are the elderly, persons with disabilities... migrant workers, women from racialized or ethnic groups and LGBTQI+ persons who are least likely to claim certain labour rights... and yet bear the greatest burden of care...

The current pandemic is brazenly putting a spotlight on the urgency of questioning, challenging and resisting mainstream global capitalism...

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