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Causes of Social Injustice around the world

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Social injustice happens when society's goods, resources and benefits, among its citizens, are distributed unfairly.

Social injustice occurs when certain groups in society are disadvantaged by an unfair distribution of resources because of their race, age, gender, sexual orientation or ability/disability.

This means that some groups benefit more than others because they have more resources available to them, they have more opportunities and can gain more wealth. Whilst other groups remain or become disadvantaged with limited incomes, limited job opportunities and limited resources available to them.

What types of Social Injustice exist?

There are many examples of social injustice. Here are some examples:

  • Homelessness

  • Water Inequality

  • Child Slavery

  • Women's Rights

  • Ageism

  • Racism

  • Starvation

  • Poverty

How can the government judge levels of social injustice in society?

The levels of social injustice in society are indicated by:

  • the levels of poverty in society

  • education provision and outcomes

  • access to employment

  • access to health care

  • life expectancy

How can we stop social injustice?

There are many ways that we can stop social injustice. Here are a few ways:

  • Donate money to charities that campaign against social injustice

  • Tell others what you know

  • Speak out about it

  • Use social media

  • Contact your local MLA or MP who could bring about change

  • Start a campaign to raise awareness of social injustice happening

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