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Prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Electro_at_AG_small.jpg

Did you know?
  • Nearly 1.4 billion people without access to sanitation live on less than $2 a day. *
  • In Kibera, Nairobi, constructing a pit latrine costs about $45, or two months of income for someone earning the minimum wage.*
  • 800 million people are still lacking basic literacy skills; two-thirds of them are women.*

What is social justice and what does it mean for people the world over. 1:54 mins


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“The degree to which social justice is achieved in a given time and place should be measured by two… notions: 1) the greatest good for the greatest number, and 2), how the least powerful and the smallest minorities in a society are faring.”

Ched Myers

There are many aspects to justice and the creation of a just world. These include social and economic factors as well as the principles of equity and equal rights.

“Social justice” has been defined in a variety of ways. Amongst them, they incorporate concepts of basic rights, the realisation of human potential, social benefit, a healthy planet, an equitable distribution of resources, equal opportunities and obligations, security, and freedom from discrimination. Economic justice really forms a part of social justice. It seeks the equitable distribution of world’s natural and intellectual wealth so that everyone is able to gain a fair share.

Social justice means equal rights for all, regardless of gender, race, class, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, age or sexual orientation. It implies equal rights for women and girls in workplaces, homes and public life. It implies economic justice – which means governments must take active steps to alleviate poverty and redress past injustices. In a world where millions starve and minorities are discriminated against, such goals are still a long way off.

Across the world, there are thousands of examples of such injustice. It can take the form of repression, discrimination, harassment, or simply the failure to redress inequalities. One example is what happened to the 2000 Ilois people who were removed from their homes on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia by the British government in 1974 in order to provide land for an American air base.* It is now more than thirty years later and they have still not been able to return to their homeland.

This section contains information and links on Children and Youth, Gender, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Minorities and Migrants and Refugees.

This selection of websites will give you an introduction to social justice issues.

While economic justice is really a component of social justice, it deserves individual attention.
Equity is very much a part of justice.