Despite the seeming gloom surrounding COVID-19, there is at least one silver lining. It has explosed (and arguably even amplified) existing social fault lines. From the eruption of COVID-clusters in the migrant workers dormitories to the everyday struggles of individuals who are digitally-illiterate and those who do not have access to internet connectivity and digital devices, these have all made visible the previously hidden. Now that we have identified and made aware this inequality, what do we do about it?
Does the pandemic present an opportunity to address inequality? Or does it further deepen existing vulnerabilities? In this panel conversation, we will adopt a systemic approach to analysing the pandemic and its impact on different groups in society. We will also understand existing socio-cultural and political mechanisms that reinforce and reproduce inequality and how this impacts on mental well-being.