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Justice is a concept that has different meanings to different people. However, I think it can probably be agreed that the idea of Justice has a lot to do with fairness. For me it also has a lot to do with accountability, morality and protecting human welfare.
It’s unfortunate that whenever I hear the word Justice, the first thing that comes to mind is actually - Injustice. Injustice is almost becoming a global norm. It should never be normal to not feel shocked when you hear about another police officer getting away with murder, or someone else being attacked with acid because of their beliefs, or more people being victimized by the government and left to fend for themselves. When issues such as this become general news and are seen as a part of everyday life – Something is wrong!
It will always be important to speak about injustice and the lack of fairness that we experience, but it’s even more important to act on it. I’m a strong advocate for standing up for what you believe in. The constant lack of justice that presents itself on a daily basis motivates me to take a stand, speak up when things are not right and try to make a difference. No matter how big or small the situation may be, there is always something that we can do to promote Justice and do the right thing. Sometimes it’s much easier to sit back and turn the other cheek when injustice is not effecting us directly. I’ve been guilty of it too, but now it has the opposite effect on me. I can no longer hear about these issues, or be presented with an unjust situation and do nothing about it. That’s why I created Gusto.
“Even though it’s not my problem, I’ll still fight for it if I can” – The words of a wise and Phenomenal 11 year old.
I’d like to say that we all believe in Justice. If there’s one thing I’d love, it would be to see everyone standing up for what they believe in, not only for themselves - but for others too. When it comes to female empowerment I think this is massively important. When faced with injustice it can be easier said than done to stay strong and be resilient, but by supporting each other and coming together - it becomes much easier.
Women being paid less to do the exact same job... When I first heard about this I didn’t believe it, it makes no sense. It’s not right.
When speaking about it with friends it just seemed like a riddle that we couldn’t seem to solve. It didn’t make any logical, ethical or even common sense. We gave up trying to figure out why we could potentially be paid less than a man for doing the exact same job. Instead, we ended up on a “It’s unfair, but what can we do about it?” type of discussion. The list of suggested things that we could do ranged from “what about going on back to back maternity leave” to “gather all of the women in the office and go on strike for a day, let everyone see how much they need us”. By the end of this convosation we realised how difficult it can actually be to stand up against injustice. Practically and realistically – What can we do? I recently watched an episode of Issa Rae’s Insecure which brought me back to that discussion with my friends. One of the main character’s ‘Molly’ finds out that she is being paid significantly less than her male counterpart. She then tries to become her boss’s best friend in the hope that they become pals and he decides to pay her equally. The episode highlighted how awkward it can be to speak up about these kind of unjust situations, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do.
One thing that did come to mind is that when women come together in any situation, things get done! Through female empowerment and support we can overcome these difficulties and succeed regardless of unfair obstacles. It’s been done throughout history and will continue to be done in the present and throughout the future. When we support each other, things become much less daunting. When we work towards a common goal we can literally change the world. Knowing that you have a powerful support network that understands you and wants to achieve the same goal, means that you won’t have to stand alone, and that makes a world of difference.
I came to the conclusion that promoting justice doesn’t necessarily mean calling a protest or going on strike, we can promote justice by simply supporting each other when faced with adversity, joining forces to break more and more glass ceilings.
Through female empowerment, justice can and will be achieved.
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Imani is studying a Character Education Masters. She is passionate about giving individuals a space to reflect on their journey through life. On this blog we will explore different character virtues, share life experience and much more.