WEB OF THE STREET 26-30.10.20 International Digital Forum of Social Street Workers
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on people in street situations: a difficult (de-) confinement
The COVID-19 crisis has once again shown us that addressing poverty is still the absolute priority.
“They arrived six months before lockdown, and this Roma family living on the streets of Brussels simply did not see it coming.Why had the streets been empty for two weeks? Why did the shops suddenly close? How were they going to survive? In the end, a street worker explained to them that there was a global pandemic and that a decision had been taken to lock down society. A solution urgently needed to be found for this family.”
As soon as the coronavirus lockdowns started in March 2020, Dynamo International received numerous testimonies like this one, describing the reality on the streets. These testimonies, passed on by members of Dynamo International Street Workers Network in over 50 countries, came from communities in street situations and/or in very precarious circumstances.
Bolstered by these multiple and diverse testimonies, we decided to speak out about these situations, which often go unnoticed, discuss them with other civil society and public sector stakeholders at the local and international levels, and put forward recommendations.
Four international webinars are to be held on Wednesday 28 October 2020. They will be in French, English and Spanish and will focus on topics relating to the social impact of the coronavirus crisis: violence perpetrated by the authorities, children in street situations, domestic abuse, poverty, access to housing, and other realities. This week of exchanges, testimony and discussion is being arranged under the framework of Web of the Street on 26-30 October 2020 and will take the form of various virtual activities, including a webinar with the Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva, and a débat sur « l’insécurité sociale » with:
Olivier de Schutter, United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
Céline Nieuwenhuys (secretary-general of the Fédération des Centres de Services Sociaux, and an expert member of GEES – the Exit Strategy Policy Group).
Maryse Bresson (sociology lecturer at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and the author of La pauvreté est-elle encore une question sociologique d’actualité ?Un enjeu de définition, de méthode et de théorie).
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