As COVID-19 pushes hunger, gender-based violence and economic exclusion to new highs in Canada and around the world, bold new measures are needed to tackle the systemic weaknesses the pandemic has exposed, and to prepare for future shocks – whether from health crises, economic decline or the climate crisis.

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Khonaf Saido Abdullah, 54, living in Rwanga camp, Northern Iraq is a mother of seven children and a participant of CARE’s and Lotus Flower’s business incubator project. CARE/Lotus Flower

Khonaf Saido Abdullah is a mother of 7 from Sinjar, Iraq where she was living with her young children and disabled husband in a small rental property. They worked as farm labourers to get a small income, but she still did not have enough money to be able to send any of her children to school. But that changed.

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