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Equity must be the foundation of our work for social change

Published on 21/03/2021

Too often, the question of equity is seen as a specialty. As a result, it is offloaded to racialized people and communities, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and other groups seeking fairness, instead of one that we are all compelled to grapple with.

All of us working for social change must necessarily be working on equity. In order to realize human rights, we must confront the ways that systems create opportunity for some, and poverty for others.

While governments have a duty to fulfill our human rights, we have responsibilities to each other, too. As leaders, we need to consider how our work advances equity, how we can be effective allies or partners, and how we share space and power as we work for intersectional racial justice.

Today, on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we reflect on how our work can advance equity. Tomorrow, we redouble our efforts.

Topic(s)

Human rights, Non-profit sector

Summary

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we reflect on how our work must advance equity.