Vulnerabilities and the pandemic: Risk of widening disparities

Throughout the Asia-Pacific region, countries and population groups face multidimensional deprivation in access to opportunities, the impact of which cannot be overstated. Access to opportunities vary between racial and ethnic groups and genders, and people of different abilities, migratory statuses and ages, which cause some population groups lag behind the others. For many vulnerable populations, food security, education and livelihoods have deteriorated during the pandemic. One third of the global population of child refugees live in the region, and the pandemic has added to the challenges they face. More must be done to expand social protection and improve labour market prospects, including for people with disabilities. The intersection of poverty and climate change often impacts the livelihoods of women, who account for the majority of agriculture sector workers in some regions.

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