After the COVID-19 crisis

Once the COVID-19 crisis eases, governments will focus on a narrow set of political and financial priorities for some time: Economic reconstruction and social resilience. There may be be a paradigm shift on the role of the state, and attitudes to multilateralism. The parameters of political debate have broadened, with policies such as universal basic income and renationalisation being crash-implemented in the space of a few weeks. We have all just been given one last chance to redesign the global economy before climate change becomes irreversible. How do we do it right this time? What should radical demands of the people of Europe and the world be?

The Quaker community will continue to advocate for social justice in difficult times, as they have always done. We will undertake political engagement and structural analysis of this crisis, as we already do on other matters such as peace and the climate crisis. As defenders of human rights for almost four centuries, Quakers may become more necessary in the 2020s. Quakers are a movement of a big-picture perspective on how the tides of history have ebbed and flowed, and what those changes mean in terms of social change. For the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), we will accept that we are now living in such a moment and play our part.

QCEA brings a vision based on a Quaker commitment to peace, justice and equality to Europe and its institutions. We are an organisation with programmes of peacebuilding and human rights work, but as a Quaker organisation we are also committed to climate justice and care for the Earth. As with all our work, our contribution stems from the Quaker community and their other international work.

For more information about Quaker work to reform economic systems, click here.


Join our online conversation!

Friday 12 June, Online via Zoom
15:30-17:30 Central European Time
14:30-16:30 Britain and Ireland

This online conversation in two sessions will hear from staff at the Quaker Council for European Affairs about the impact of COVID-19 on peace and human rights. Anyone with an internet connection is welcome to register to join!

  • Session 1: During COVID will report back on the research being undertaken by QCEA to establish the impact of government responses to COVID-19 on marginalised communities.
  • Session 2: After COVID will allow a space from participants to consider how the pandemic will affect the longer term work of social movements for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Click here to register to receive the Zoom online meeting link prior to the meeting.


COVID-19 analysis

Coronavirus: a call to EU leaders from Jude Kirton-Darling (MEP 2014-2020)

from the QCEA Blog

from our partners