Comedy and World Day of Social Justice

Posted on 20 February 2012

The World Day of Social Justice was founded in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly. Members of the UN felt that a day was needed to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. World Day of Social Justice is now observed 20 February annually.

Those in a position of privilege can abuse that privilege, finding ways to marginalise people for all sorts of reasons. The reasons include race, gender, religion, physical handicap, but can also include weight, attractiveness, social position, etc. It is never fair.

It is up to us to recognise when people are being dehumanised, bullied, silenced, and ostracised from the support and dignity of work. It is then up to people such as comedians to raise awareness. Through comedy we can start creating change toward a more equitable and harmonious society.

Patrick Chappatte is a Swiss political cartoonist who talks about the power cartoons and humour have to create both good and bad in the world.

Happy World Day of Social Justice!

Peace and kindness,

Katherine


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