WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: How are you joining the fight for justice?

Today is World Day of Social Justice – a day that is all about promoting the importance of fighting for social justice and the impact we can all collectively have on society when we stand for a cause and use our voices, platforms and skillsets to create awareness. As a charity that raises awareness of social issues like domestic abuse, violence, and homelessness, we would like to explore the negative connotations behind the term ‘Social Justice Warrior’ and how you can fight for social justice positively and healthily.

Using your voice to fight for social justice is one of the most impactful ways that you can promote and tackle societal issues as an individual. Spreading awareness and educating yourself and others is a fantastic way to open up topics and create conversations around prominent issues. A lot of the life-changing progress that society has made has been down to individuals and communities pushing their agenda and calling for change. Without social justice, marginalised groups and individuals would not have the rights and acceptance they have today.

Although the term ‘Social Justice Warrior’ now holds negative connotations for some, the phrase originated as a positive term for individuals who engaged in social justice activism, especially those who did so online. However, as the phrase evolved and moved into various parts of the internet, it morphed into a slur. The stereotypical ‘SJW’ became recognised as someone who was against free speech, someone who would get into pointless arguments online and was a part of “one of the most toxic communities online.” The idea of an individual who practiced social justice was cheapened and was suddenly something that nobody wanted to be associated with.

We see nothing wrong with using your voice to create conversations surrounding issues people face worldwide like povertyexclusiongender inequalityunemploymenthuman rights, and social protections. In fact, it is something that we encourage. By ignoring the stereotypes and negativity associated with being a Social Justice Warrior, you can utilise your platform for activism and therefore, create good in the world.

Being thoughtful and critical of the ways that you communicate online and use your platform is crucial to your fight for social justice and peace Generally, other people are more likely to be open and listen to your side if you practice being calm and peaceful online and in person when faced with discussions.

Here are some ways you can be mindful about how you fight for social justice:

  • Be respectful, kind and humble.
  • Practice self-reflection.
  • Pick your battles.
  • Educate yourself and others.
  • Do not be a hypocrite.
  • Stand for what you believe in, question everything and join in on the conversation.
  • Partake in discussions with the aim to educate.
  • Take a break from negative information and content online.
  • Listen and be open minded.

If you are looking for social justice-related conversation starters on domestic abuse here are a few to get you going:

  • What do you think are the root causes of domestic abuse, and how can we address them as a society?
  • How can we better support survivors of domestic abuse and provide them with the resources and care they need?
  • What role do cultural and societal norms play in perpetuating domestic abuse, and how can we challenge these norms to create a safer and more equitable society?
  • How can we raise awareness about domestic abuse and promote education and prevention efforts?
  • What are some ways to support organisations and advocacy groups working to address domestic abuse and provide support to survivors?”
  • How can we promote healthy relationships and positive models of masculinity to prevent domestic abuse?
  • What role do economic and social inequalities play in domestic abuse, and how can we address these underlying issues?
  • How can we create a more inclusive and accessible support system for survivors of domestic abuse, including those who may face additional barriers such as language, immigration status, or disabilities?

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