Tell us about something positive or innovative that you / your family /community is doing to be resilient in light of the current COVID-19 crisis?
This crisis is not only for adults; children is one of the most affected group of population. Their schools are closed without knowing when in the future will be open. During confinement, children is the only segment not allowed to go out on the streets, as they can’t get out for shopping or other primary needs. In cities, like in Barcelona, most of them live in apartments with very poor outer spaces (with small balconies the luckiest ones) and small rooms that makes impossible a proper psychomotor activity (very needed in childhood!).
Children—together with health workers, of course—are the champions of this crisis. They’re the best example of what resilience means
At home, with my 3 years old daughter, we arrange weekly teleconferences with her classmates (so funny!) and we share daily videos on what they do (handicrafts, cooking, songs, etc). It’s their way of being connected ☺ as we, as adults, do with friends, family and colleagues.
What is your city doing to react, and how is this effecting you as a citizen?
One of the most disturbing points of confinement is the increase of gender-based violence. Victim and aggressor spend 24h in a same space, which makes it easier to increase the level of violence and risk of relapse.
In order to provide support to victims in this rare current situation, local, regional and national government launched awareness campaigns to involve the entire community in reporting abuses and violence. We, as neighbours, pharmacies and grocery stores are called to keep an eye of what is happening around us for not leaving any victim alone in the nightmare. New phone lines have been put in place for those who need support, and services related to gender-violence have been strengthened. #youarenotalone
What long-term positive change will this crisis bring for you / your family / community / company / city?
I am convinced that a new chapter is coming, with so many changes in the way we were used to live. But, above all, I hope this crisis will serve to strongly invest in public health services and, globally, to reach the universal public health for all. Please, let’s create a new world with more Health and Love for all.