Category: Social Justice

Your Political Involvement Matters: A Case for Participating in Politics, Elections and Government

Your Political Involvement Matters: A Case for Participating in Politics, Elections and Government

I was about fifteen the first time I realized the impact elections and the government could have directly on my life. I couldn’t even vote at the time but my parents could. My statesmen had massively voted in a little-known candidate from a very unpopular party as the State Governor and about two months into office,...

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Kathomi Gatwiri, Lecturer, Southern Cross University. Review: Growing Up African in Australia, edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan and Ahmed Yussuf For many African-diaspora people in Australia, belonging means masking yourself. To fit in is to curate one’s Africanness and one’s blackness. You...

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Nigeria Criminalised Homosexuality; Its LGBTQ Community Seeks Refuge in Fashion

Abuja, Nigeria: The 2019 0scars have come and gone. Being a fashion enthusiast, one of the most fascinating aspects of the awards as far as I’m concerned, is the fashions on the red carpet. From Jason Momoa’s scrunchies to Spike Lee’s heels, all boundaries were pushed when it came to men’s dressing and the traditional...

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Tamara Wood, Centre Affiliate, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face...

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

The Concept of Women’s Rights and the Fight for Equality: The Nigerian Perspective

On the morning of December 3rd 1929, Nnayereuwa, a woman from the Aba region of Southeastern Nigeria, alongside roughly ten thousand other women created a landmark in the country’s history as it relates to the rights of women in the nation and by extension, throughout the African continent. That morning, after a scuffle with a...

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. It has taken years, but after votes in the Senate and House of Representatives last week, Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. It’ll take effect on January 1. But what difference will...

When Political Correctness Hurts the Sustainability Movement

When Political Correctness Hurts the Sustainability Movement

Political correctness simply put, is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. Originally, as the term indicates, political correctness was a way of life reserved for politicians whose jobs demanded that they always be on the...

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

The U.S. midterms are finally over, and as the dust settles and the last few races are called, I’d like to turn our attention to another race that deserves more attention and alarm, especially from environmentalists. On October 28, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro president of Latin America’s largest country and the world’s eighth largest economy....

Inequality Is Viewed As the World’s Biggest Threat – But Is It Really An Issue?

Inequality Is Viewed As the World’s Biggest Threat – But Is It Really An Issue?

Inequality has always been viewed as a problem. So much so that it is in fact listed as #10 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals — to reduce inequality within and among countries. According to the United Nations, the types of inequalities that persist globally are based on “income, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation,...

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Washington D.C: When Kanye West met with Donald Trump, it was under the pretense of talking about criminal justice reform. Throughout the surreal sprawling encounter, it wasn’t among the topics discussed, as one would expect. It’s no coincidence that Trump sought this pseudo-advice from Kanye, a black man, simply for the optics of it. Meanwhile,...

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Sue Richardson, Adjunct professor, University of Adelaide. The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index,...