Articles by Shiv Kumar

Shiv is Co-founder of The Catalyst Group and Chief Integrator of the COVIDActionCollab. A social investor with over 30 years of experience in the social development space, he primarily focuses on working with vulnerable communities to solve complex social problems with targeted, tailor-made solutions. His expertise spans from consulting and strategy to on-ground implementation and sustainability.

The onset of COVID -19 cases and the subsequent lockdown that gripped the nation almost two years ago demonstrated the vast inequalities present in our society. While the pandemic disrupted the lives of every individual, the predicaments of already stigmatised/marginalised communities were aggravated. They have had to survive as financial burdens increased and opportunities for work deteriorated. India’s nine lakh sex workers, who were out of work, steeped in debt and at risk of contracting the virus, faced the brunt of the pandemic explicitly. The stigma and discrimination during the pandemic added to their existing challenges that included violence, abuse…

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