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Justice meaning: what is justice?

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Justice definition

One of the most significant moral and political ideas is justice. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a person who "does what is morally right" and is inclined to "giving everyone his or her due" is considered "just." The word "fair" is used as a synonym for this definition. 

We must first ask ourselves, in light of the aforementioned notions of justice, who gets to define what justice is and looks like. Those in positions of authority usually get to define justice in society. People in positions of authority are far too frequently granted the authority to make choices that do not promote justice or liberty for all. A statement made by Mariame Kaba in her book, We Do This 'Til We Free Us, is worth looking into more: "A system that never addresses the ‘why’ behind a harm never actually contains the harm itself."  

It is essential for DEI practitioners to look into and analyse the "why" behind the harms that happen at work. What harm is being done to various groups? The people who are most harmed by systems of injustice must decide what equity and justice are; we must structure our knowledge around the most marginalised members of society. 

Real-world context

  • Anti-harassment protection: How will employees know what is expected of them if they do not have access to written workplace policies and procedures? Communicate openly and clearly what your employer wants, what it will not allow, and what happens in the event that anything inappropriate happens.
  • Education: People's behaviour is influenced by learned preconceptions in ways that many are unaware of since they are so deeply embedded within them. Managers need to understand unconscious bias - a training programme provided by FAIRER Consulting. Implicit bias training is something that employers cannot ignore, and daily work practices should incorporate these teachings.
  • Intersectionality: Give representatives of diversity and inclusion a voice in the workplace and recognise their efforts with representation. People of all shapes, sizes, abilities, orientations, and ethnicities should have their needs met and concerns heard; diversity isn't always a racial issue. 

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