Intersectionality and COVID-19

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 27th May 2020

An ALLIANCE Live interview with Anuj Kapilashrami, PhD, Queen Mary University of London.

Lucy Mulvagh, the ALLIANCE’s Director of Policy and Communications, talks to Anuj Kapilashrami, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Global Health at the Centre for Global Public Health, Queen Mary University of London about intersectionality and the reasons for taking an intersectional approach to COVID-19.

Intersectionality is the interconnected nature of different social categorizations like ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, and gender, applied to an individual or group to create an overlapping and interdependent system of discrimination or disadvantage.

COVID-19 and responses being taken to it are not having the same impact on everyone, and some individuals and societal groups are disproportionately affected. Anuj talks about why intersectionality is important, rather than focusing on social categorizations in isolation of each other. She makes several recommendations for concrete action to help support an intersectional approach to COVID-19.

Listen to the interview with Anuj Kapilashrami on Anchor.FM (this link will take you away from our website).

Read a fully transcripted version of this podcast.

This interview is part of a specially commissioned series by the ALLIANCE’s Academy programme looking at COVID-19 and the Five Provocations for the Future of Health and Social Care.

Further reading

Kapilashrami, A, and Marsden, S, ‘Examining intersectional inequalities in access to health (enabling) resources in disadvantaged communities in Scotland: advancing the participatory paradigm’, in International Journal for Equity in Health, 2018; 17: 83. Published online 2018 Sep 24. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0797-x (this link will take you away from our website)

Hankivsky, O, and Kapilashrami, A, ‘Beyond sex and gender analysis: an intersectional view of
the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and response’ – Policy brief (this link will take you away from our website)

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