Raise our Voices against Racism

Read the Op Ed by UN Senior African Officials on the Black Lives Matter Protests and other Mass Demonstrations against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality here.


he COVID19 crisis has added strain to the racial tension, as African-Americans will experience a disproportionate share of the disruption—from morbidity and mortality to unemployment and bankruptcy, according to a report by McKinsey.

    • In Brazil’s Sao Paulo city, people of colour are 62% more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people.
    • In France’s Seine Saint-Denis department where many minorities live, higher excess mortality has also been reported.
    • In the United States, the COVID-19 death rate for African Americans is reported to be more than double that of other racial groups.



Black women are already up to 3.3 times as likely to die in childbirth than white women, and COVID-19 has increased the number of complications for parents navigating birth and the medical system.

Disparities in broadband access are highly correlated with race; compared with 21.2 % of white households and 11.9 % of Asian households, 36.4 % of black households report having either no broadband internet or no computer at home.

In addition, half of black households with children are headed by single women. Of these households, 38 percent live below the poverty line. By contrast, only 20 of white households are headed by a single woman, and only 32 percent of such households live below the poverty line.

Black women are overrepresented in low-wage healthcare occupations, such as nursing assistants and personal-care or home-health aides. When compounded with government mandated school closures and restrictions on movement and a lack of affordable access to childcare, the stress of running a household for black women is exacerbated.