1. Introduction

The COVID-19 health pandemic, declared by the World Health Organization in March 2020, has put the Governments of the Americas to the test, revealing weaknesses in the public health systems, in the emergency and disaster response systems, and the social protection systems.

In a post COVID-19, context we foresee an exponential growth of gaps in the access to rights and services. As such, the States must guarantee equal opportunities, by prioritizing in a crosscutting manner, with an intersectional[1] and inclusive focus, those groups of citizens whom prior to, during and even more so after the pandemic, are and will remain excluded from our societies and face stigmatization: the so-called “Groups in situation of vulnerability” (GSV)[2].

The OAS Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity (SARE) has put the Practical Guide to Inclusive and Rights-based Responses to COVID-19 in the Americas which, in addition to the an impact analysis of the pandemic on the different groups in situation of vulnerability, also presents a series of recommendations to guarantee their inclusion and rights in the responses brought forth by the States. The Guide can be found in the following link: Guide.

Taking this tool and its recommendations into account, and in complement to the initiatives implemented by the Organization of American States such as the COVID-19 Portal, we invite civil society organizations  to participate in this consultation.  The results will enable us to have more complement information on the impact of this pandemic on groups in situation of vulnerability in the Americas, and gather their recommendations and inputs to provide a more specific technical support to Member States to develop inclusive programs and policies for the post COVID-19 period.

This survey will be open to the public until June 30th, 2020.

A similar survey will be submitted to the Member States. 

 We thank you for your valuable contribution!

[1] ‘Intersectionality’ as a method and focus is understood, when addressing policy responses, to signify in a simultaneous and integral way, the complex, irreducible, varied, and variable effects which ensue when multiple axis of inequality and stigmatization – economic, political, cultural, bio-psycho-social, racial, gender, ethnic, experiential and identity-based – intersect in historically specific contexts, producing unique and indivisible impacts. SeeVer: Avtar Brah: Ain’t A Woman?. Revisiting Intersectionality (2004).

[2] Groups in situation of vulnerability refer to the collective of persons who, because of race, color, ethnic or national origin or background, cultural identity, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, migration, refugee, repatriated, statelessness, internal displacement status, disability, bio-psycho-social or any other characteristics, have been discriminated against and seen the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of their rights denied or violated (Definition taken from the Inter-American Convention against all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, OAS).