In order to overcome exploitation on different levels, social justice is at the core of our work in Southeast Asia. We understand social justice to include the fight against the capitalist exploitation of human labour and increasing inequality, which for instance manifests itself in the growing income gap. Manifestations of inequality are not only found in the economic sphere, however. Our activities in the field of social justice also focus specifically on the needs of people and social groups affected by exploitation, discrimination, or racism in various forms.
Feminism means that women can become lawyers, doctors, CEOs and whatever they want to be. They must be promoted, treated fairly and paid equally to men. It also means that women believe in the importance of themselves, feel happy and are inspired by their interests and friendships!
Trieu Tuyet Mai Huong
Among others, children, pregnant women, ethnic minority groups, elderly people, and people with illnesses or disabilities belong to the vulnerable groups that are frequently overlooked in decision-making processes, meaning little attention is given to their specific needs. Stemming from our progressive and emancipatory conviction, we support our partners to improve the overall well-being of marginalized and vulnerable groups. Through the organization of networking events and workshops and the dispensing of policy advice, we contribute to capacity building in the region and together with our partners fight for a more just and inclusive society, in which every human being encounters conditions under which they can develop their abilities, skills, and talents.
To me, social justice can simply begin at the household level, where all family members are respected and have equal opportunities to develop their best skills. The same concept applies to our society in times of increasingly unequal distribution of resources.
Huan Nguyen Van - RLS Project Manager