By Fadi Adra and Rasha Salem
The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially changed how we live. Amidst the tragic human and economic loss, some of society’s most vulnerable groups are at heightened risk: individuals living alone, mainly the elderly, and victims of domestic abuse confined to an unsafe home. In response, GCC countries need policies that address the impact of social isolation and coordinate vital resources to support victims of abuse.
With the correct response, GCC governments can improve protection for the most vulnerable members of society during and after the pandemic. The strains and stresses imposed by the pandemic can become the opportunity for a stronger social safety net.
This article originally appeared in Gulf Business, May 2020.