World Day of Social Justice 2013


February 20th was the UN’s World Day of Social Justice. On their website they say “Observance of the World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being, and justice for all.”

Social Justice is, of course, one of the big “themes” of GlobeMed and so the national office has a campaign every chapter follows. This year’s idea was to propose a question or fill-in-the-blank statement pertaining to social justice, and see what sort of answers students gave. Some schools asked “I dream of a world where-“, “What can you offer the world?” “_ is a human right.” We asked: if you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

The response we got was wonderful. Over 50 people answered our question, and their answers ranged from “universal access to good food” to “world wide simultaneous meditation” to “the hearts of people” to “the distribution of wealth across countries and people” to “everyone can use magic (even muggles).” It was interesting to see what sort of issues people on our campus felt strongly about. Some answers were less serious than others. One girl gave two answers: a serious one “for Democrats and Republicans to get along,” and a light-hearted one, “for Taylor Swift to finally take responsibility for her failed relationships.” The most popular answer we got, by far, was educational reform. As students, we cannot neglect how lucky we are to receive quality education.

Some people have asked how a campaign that requires no fundraising and little effort on the parts of the organizers and participants, can be effective in helping promote social justice in the world.  I think it’s useful because we got people thinking about these issues. A lot of the time, people don’t like to think about things that don’t directly affect them, even if they are hugely important in most parts of the world. The album on our facebook has reached over 1,000 views, and has gotten over 300 likes/comments. This has extended our reach, while simultaneously getting people to think about important issues.


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If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

More pictures of Whitman’s answers can be found on our Facebook page (feel free to “like” or “comment”). Pictures of other school’s WDSJ events can be found here.




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