World Day for International Justice is observed all around the globe, every year on July 17.
The aim of the day is to promote international criminal justice. And it also tries to unite everyone who wants to support justice as well as promote victims’ rights. It attempts to help prevent serious crimes and those that put the peace, security and well-being of the world at risk. It is also a way of supporting the work of the ICC (International Criminal Court).
Does entrepreneurship ensures social justice? Entrepreneurship and social justice are innately different concepts with a focus on capitalistic and equity frameworks respectively. Quite significantly self-reliance, risk-taking and independence are characteristics of entrepreneurs; and equal distribution of opportunities, rights and responsibilities, and privileges are features of social justice. Thus, they can be merged to resurrect individuals/communities from victimization, saving them from obscurity, insecurity, humiliation, and lack of respect.
The relationship between entrepreneurship & justice
What are some facts that everyone should be familiar with? Social justice entrepreneurs believe that those closest to the problem are the closest to the solution. Ideas are born from close collaboration, not by controlling behavior and assumptions. Social justice entrepreneurs are not just about equality but equity.
Social justice entrepreneurs see self-care as a revolutionary act. And, social justice entrepreneurs are always learning. Not about “leadership” and “management styles”. Social justice creates a society/institution based on principles of equality, solidarity, values, human rights, and dignity of every human being. Additionally, social justice is being expanded through entrepreneurship – a transformative process of using new ideas to solve social problems.
Entrepreneurship is also an issue about social justice. Some fight for justice and equality to transform the world, while some work for commercial gain. And, victims turned entrepreneurs focus on transforming the world, by launching a dream. Under such circumstances, the concept of ‘business’ as a commercial and profit-making entity gets a twist, given the face of human reality. And, for all the victims, business is learnt on the battlefield; for them, business stands for sustenance, resilience, deliverance, and dignity because entrepreneurship restores social justice!
Social media is now a major channel for change
While scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp have now become a part of our daily routines. And precisely, these platforms have taken the primary role of strong mediums – to spread awareness, mobilize people & collaborate.
In fact, social media has emerged as the strongest channel to promote active youth participation in governance. Plus now, hundreds of women are embracing women empowerment through business – quite rightly, to show that they are not victims, but winners!!