SEWA Federation Chairperson Mirai Chatterjee was featured in a World Bank session titled ‘Protect and Invest in the People: Human Capital in the Times of COVID-19’ alongside illustrious panelists including Cyril Ramaphosa (South African President and Chairperson of the African Union), Melinda Gates (Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Abhijit Banerjee (2019 Nobel Laureate in Economics) amongst others as part of its annual meeting with the theme Supporting a Resilient Recovery.
Miraiben advocated for governments of lower income countries, like India, to invest more in public health, frontline health workers and infrastructure beyond the built structures to curb the effects of disease outbreaks from reaching pandemic status like COVID-19. She touched upon the challenges faced by informal women workers in understanding the public health system and the role that collectives (like cooperatives, unions, self-help groups, etc.) play in bridging the divide between women in the informal sector and local health authorities. You can hear Miraiben’s segment here or in the embed below.