The Importance of a Social Justice Ethos

On World Justice Day, Miklós Zala shares his thoughts on justice and the role of citizens. Eleven years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared 20th of February as the World Day of Social Justice, “recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment”. The relevance of this day … Continue reading The Importance of a Social Justice Ethos

How fair is our solidarity?

With whom do we ‘stand in solidarity’? Whose tragedy or misfortune strikes the core of our empathy? Whose injustice causes our outrage? And how fair is that? Derived from the French solidarité, the word ‘solidarity’ is usually used to describe some form of bond, alliance, community or fellowship that arises from common goals, interests and interdependencies. … Continue reading How fair is our solidarity?

On mobility, migration, and interdependence

For International Migrants Day, the University of Bristol's Bridget Anderson reflects on migration, fractured societies, and interdependence. For over twenty years the outsourcing of migration controls has meant that European publics have been protected from the practical reality of forced displacement and economic desperation that is now showing up on holiday beaches. Agreements with source … Continue reading On mobility, migration, and interdependence

The case for the local implementation of human rights

To celebrate International Human Rights Day today on 10th December, the ETC Graz’s Wanda Tiefenbacher and Maddalena Vivona speak about the New Urban Agenda, local human rights, and how communities can come together to make human rights a real and “lived” experience. In last week’s Blog, Barbara Oomen highlighted the role of municipalities in implementing … Continue reading The case for the local implementation of human rights

Disability rights: trickling down or moving up?

Today on 3rd December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Barbara Oomen shows how the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability can be takled locally. The other day, a colleague and I walked past frantic road reconstructions in our medieval town full of cobblestones – a pavement … Continue reading Disability rights: trickling down or moving up?

Gender-based violence as a form of social injustice

Today on 25th November is the International Day for the Eliminiation of Violence against Women. Başak Akkan talks about gender-based violence, social (in)justice and women's participation. Gender-based violence is one of the worst forms of social injustice, institutionally and culturally entrenched in societies. The inequalities in the power structures, gender values, gender stereotyping, and various forms … Continue reading Gender-based violence as a form of social injustice

Europe is full of injustice. We need to fix it. So what use is philosophy?

On World Philosophy Day, Simon Rippon argues that Europe sorely needs philosophy There are glaring injustices in Europe today. According to a 2017 OECD report, income inequality in Europe is at an all-time high – with the average income of the richest 10% nearly ten times that of the poorest. The 10% of wealthiest households … Continue reading Europe is full of injustice. We need to fix it. So what use is philosophy?