7 Ways to Promote Social Justice as a Sri Lankan
What is Social Justice?
Social justice is about fair and just relations between the individual and society. Social justice calls for equality of opportunity for all, fair distribution of wealth and social privileges. Basically, social justice is about being a decent, morally responsible person who contributes towards the collective societal good. Social justice is a fight against discrimination of any form, especially gender, race, religious views, political views and socioeconomic standing.
Social Justice in Sri Lanka
Social justice is strong in Sri Lanka. Its presence was more visible than ever before during the recent power struggle when people from all walks of life came together to fight for democracy, rule-of-law and the common good of all. There are many different movements in Sri Lanka fighting for social justice in various spheres such as gender based violence, LGBT rights, poverty, political reform and other moral and social issues. Some examples are Women In Need, Equal Ground, the Centre for Poverty Analysis and the Centre for Policy Alternatives.
With the growth of social media and young people becoming more aware of the issues facing society, social justice movements are growing in popularity and reach. However, the potential and power to influence change depends on each individual’s willingness to act and not just talk. That’s why it’s essential that, if you support a social justice movement, you should take every opportunity to act to promote social justice.
How to Promote Social Justice?
- Learn & Spread the Word – Whatever social justice movement you identify with, make sure that you learn as much as possible about it. Then, spread the word. Become active in spreading empowering information through any channel you can.
- Work On Yourself – Before you start engaging in protests or with others, make sure that your own habits and beliefs are in alignment with your cause. Don’t let yourself be part of the problem.
- Embrace Diversity – Engage with people of different ethnicities, races, religions, ages and gender. Include diverse people in your group and be open to their thoughts, ideas and beliefs. At Third Space Global, we embrace diversity with our Tutor body consisting of 59.09% women and 40.91% men.
- Reclaim Your Community – Get to know those around you, especially your neighbours. You can’t promote social justice in a big way without a sense of community. If you know your community you can understand the problems it may be facing and mobilize for change. Remember, those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution.
- Be a Volunteer – Put your time where your mouth is and spare some time to help others. Many organizations and groups are struggling to respond to cries for help and you can help them help others. Volunteering can give you a sense of satisfaction that is unmatched.
- Go to a Rally or Protest – If there’s an event to raise awareness about something you care about or protest against something you feel is not right then attend those events. If not, you’re no better than those who choose to stay silent.
- Practice What You Preach – Social Justice begins at home. Going out and urging others to change their words and actions is meaningless if you’re adding to the problem. Start with yourself, then those at home and only then, when your thoughts and actions are in line with your words, should you go out into the world and preach social justice.
A Final Thought
Social justice is about adopting a growth mindset and a growth mindset is essential to learning new things and acquiring 21st century skills. In the end, social justice is all about learning. Learning new things, new ideas and not being afraid to challenge the world and yourself on established practices and beliefs. The best way to promote social justice is to be the change you want to see and lead by example. Your actions should speak louder than your words and speak for themselves.