Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility (VSCF), ETI Africa Agriculture Project VSCF Knowledge Exchange series: COVID-19 and Stigma in the Workplace

Webinar objectives

The ETI and Partner Africa would like to welcome you to join our virtual learning event. This is part of a series of knowledge exchange events that will take place within the FCDO funded Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility (VSCF) project.

In October and November 2020, we conducted a rapid needs assessment of 12 suppliers in 4 African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe) to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on their business’s and workers. The needs assessment and stakeholder engagement has revealed that the stigmatisation of workers that have had COVID-19 is an increasing worry for suppliers. The aim of the learning event is to explore the issue of COVID-19 stigma in the workplace, the impact this can have on workers and the business, and the steps that can be taken to mitigate negative effects.

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Webinar Agenda

Timing Session title Lead

11:00 -11:05: Welcome and Introduction Hannah Bruce – Practice, Evidence and Learning, Senior Manager, ETI

11.05-11.15: What do we mean by stigmatisation in the workplace? Emilie Paradiso- Head of Advisory – Responsible Business, Partner Africa

11.15-11.30: A suppliers’ experience of Covid- 19 stigmatisation in the workplace, Kelly Sindani- East Africa Growers (EAGA)

11.30-11.45: Lessons that can be drawn from previous pandemics / epidemics to combat stigmatisation in the workplace. Afsar Syed Mohammad – Senior Technical Specialist, GED/ILOAIDS, ILO

11.45 – 12.15 Panel Discussion Dr Imran, Save the Children, Diana Carson, Response- Med Kelly Sindani, EAGA, Afsar Syed Mohammad, ILO

12.15 – 12.25 Closing remarks and wrap Hannah Bruce, ETI There will be time for questions and answers after each session.

Project Background: The Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility (VSCF) is a rapid COVID-19 response fund set up by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and managed by Mott MacDonald Ltd. The Facility partners with 20 UK and international retailers and brands, and 7 not-for-profit organisations, supporting over 100 suppliers across Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. It will provide economic, social, and health benefits to around 1 million women and men directly and indirectly.