In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, informal sector workers from Dalit, Adivasi and other marginalised groups were disproportionately affected. These communities are not well-positioned to stock daily essentials during a crisis such as the Coronavirus outbreak, neither can they earn their livelihoods in the usual manner. The pandemic does not recognise class, caste, gender or ethnicity, but its impact does.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has always been committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised groups, including ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, Dalit and other marginalised communities through its Human Rights Programme (HRP), which has partnered with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). During the pandemic, UNDP has been standing beside people of different communities and marginalised groups through various initiatives, and HRP is particularly ensuring that people from the most neglected communities receive help during this crisis.
Most recently, HRP in collaboration with NHRC provided food support to 10,015 households in 25 Upazilas of Sirajganj, Satkhira, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Jessore, Manikganj and Dhaka districts, supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).