A socially just world
…meets everyone’s basic needs (food, housing, health care, education, job, social security) in a dignified way;
…treats people from every background with dignity and respect;
…supports the development of all people to their full potential;
…guarantees equitable distribution of resources;
…makes sure all people are physically and psychologically safe and secure; and
…ensures everyone has a voice in the decisions that affect them.
(adapted from Class Action)
A social justice approach recognizes that we are all harmed by oppression, whether we are the oppressor or the oppressed, and that when we build relationships based on respect and equity, we create stronger organizations and a better, more sustainable world.
If you want to reduce harm and increase the well-being of every person in your organization, as well as the community you serve, then this approach will work well for you. It will help you…
- Gain a deeper understanding of poverty, classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and how they are all connected;
- Increase your responsiveness to issues that arise within your organization, as well as those your organization serves;
- Improve the services you provide and the way you provide those services;
- Transform the way you understand and relate to those who have a different life experience from yours;
- Gain an understanding of how your actions impact others, and improve your effectiveness in meeting clients’ needs by finding more equitable and just ways of doing things;
- Increase the diversity of your staff and/or clients in a way that expands your reach and strengthens your work;
- Create a safer, healthier, more equitable workplace, community and world.