We often witness injustice in the world. Even though every human being is entitled to fundamental rights, social hierarchies and cultural prejudices keep some people from exercising these rights. Sections of society–often minorities–spend their whole lives struggling for bare necessities, while some others might be lucky enough to live with relative ease and comfort.
Let’s face it. Life can be unfair, sometimes downright brutal. People of the ‘lower strata’ of society struggle to get quality education and employment. Women, even in this day and age, fear abuse at the workplace, on the streets and even at home. Individuals who don’t conform to socio-cultural gender norms face hostility, even as they strive for acceptance in society.
So, what can we do to address this problem? To begin with, we can come to terms with the injustice of it all and work towards changing it. We can empathise with those who are enduring such unfair treatment and help them lead dignified lives. We can become their allies, offer support and solidarity in their fight to create a fairer world.
This International Human Solidarity Day, Soulveda delves into the concept of allyship and how one can be an ally to those who need support and empowerment.
Allies are those who recognise the privileges they themselves enjoy. They proactively work towards dismantling oppressive social norms and prejudices that harm certain communities of the society.
Once we begin to understand the plight of those who constantly suffer injustice, we can start creating safe spaces for individuals to share their experiences and grievances.