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We Don’t Do a Lot for Them Specifically

August 2021 — By Edge Effect, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Cash based assistance is a large part of government and NGO responses to social protection needs during the COVID-19 crisis. But is this assistance reaching people with diverse SOGIESC (aka LGBTIQ+ people). There are clear needs, borne of systemic discrimination, including loss of informal sector work, inability to access support because people do not have ID cards to open bank accounts or enough money to buy mobile phones, risk of gender based violence, and much more. So why don’t we do a lot for them specifically? And what could we be doing?