Social Justice 101: All human beings are born free and equal in human rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, 1948).
World Day of Social Justice is a day that we come together as all nations under God to identify and recognize social injustices globally. In the United States, we see and experience inequities in our daily lives. But do we understand and see this on a global level? I would venture to say, no. We are too far removed from injustices of basic needs such as the lack of clean water, education, health, and livelihoods. Ignorance is comfortable; and if you are anything like me, a human being, comfort is bliss. We don’t have to take action on the things we choose to stay uninformed of. If we don’t know what we don’t know, then there is nothing that propels us into action.
What is our role and obligation as advocates to the poor at Food for the Hungry (FH)?
As change agents, we are called to involve ourselves and entangle our lives in the depths of poverty and social injustice.
We are on the move! Our feet are on the ground in the hard places addressing the hard issues. At FH our quest is to empower women in their communities to participate in programs that enable them to develop and make a significant change. One of our programs that elicit impact and excitement in the communities is the women’s savings group. This is a place where women gather in fellowship to become educated on finances, budgeting, and business planning. More importantly, this is where their dreams can become their realities. Not only is there great hope and transformation in these opportunities, but it fosters a balance of provision within the home to eradicate gender inequality and domestic violence. See how the women in the Dominican Republic of Congo are breaking down the barriers of social injustice.
FH encourages women to have a voice at the table, if you will, and become community leaders alongside men. As a result, these women are not only leaders within their communities but within local and national governments. Through FH programming, women become equipped with skills and knowledge to make a huge impact. As a result, they’re using these gifts to make long-term and sustainable change for generations to come.
What does Jesus have to say about Social Justice?
Jeremiah 22:3 says, “ Thus says the LORD, “ Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and not shed innocent blood in this place.”
Planting ourselves in the areas that need the most attention to help evolve socially, economically and spiritually is an example of following Jesus. We adhere to this as our primary value at Food for the Hungry. Our approach and implementation of social justice are through a holistic lens to capture all aspects of poverty.
It is because of visionaries like you that we can have these conversations. Then we can transition out of a posture of ignorance into understanding and action. Please consider donating to the Groundbreakers Visionary Fund to provide programming that supports social justice and equality.