8 examples of social injustice in the world

Social injustice is a global problem. It occurs in all countries and regions of the world. It is expressed in different ways and with different levels of severity, and generates social and political conflicts that can lead to wars, genocides or revolutions.

The only way to fight social injustice is through coherent and consistent political action to attack its causes and achieve social justice.

Here are some examples of social injustice in the world against which we must, as citizens in exercise of our rights, claim, protest and fight.

See also Social Justice.


Discrimination is the segregation of a person or a group of people based on their skin color, religious belief, ethnic origin, political ideology, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, among others.

Situations of discrimination are those in which a person or a group is systematically denied access to education, work, health services, political participation, among other things. Discrimination generates situations of inequality.

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Inequality is a consequence of social injustice. It generates situations in which a privileged group controls, monopolizes or limits access to education, work, services, health care or opportunities of a different nature.

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Gender violence

Gender violence is characterized by being directed towards a person or a group of people due to their sex. In our societies with a male chauvinist tradition, gender violence mainly affects women.

They are situations of gender violence assaults, rapes, forced prostitution, labor discrimination, physical and sexual violence, castration, human trafficking, sexual harassment and harassment.

It can occur in any area of ‚Äč‚Äčlife, the home or the public highway, work or school, and negatively affects the social, physical and psychological well-being of the person who suffers it.

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Human trafficking

Human trafficking refers to the trafficking or trade in human beings. It is considered an illegal practice and punished internationally. It is carried out, above all, by organized world crime.

In general, human trafficking is for labor, mental, reproductive slavery; for sexual exploitation or forced labor; for the extraction of organs or any other form of slavery that goes against the will, well-being and rights of the person. Millions of people a year are victims of trafficking in the world.

See more about Human Trafficking.

Labor exploitation

Labor exploitation implies the violation at different levels (and in very different ways) of workers' rights.

Workers who suffer abuse, mistreatment or threats from their employer suffer labor exploitation; who receive in payment an amount less than fair; who are in situations similar or equal to slavery.

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Persecution of minorities

The persecution of persons or groups of persons belonging to minorities (ethnic, sexual, religious, etc.) constitutes a social injustice, since it constitutes a violation of the individual liberties of persons.

This type of behavior is typical of dictatorships or totalitarianisms, such as Nazism in Germany, the Castro regime in Cuba, or communism in the Soviet Union. Situations such as persecution, torture, forced labor, discrimination, segregation, mistreatment or stigmatization are examples of social injustice.

See also Social injustice.

Military use of children

Children used for military or war activities represent a form of extreme social injustice. Children recruited at an early age are forced to participate, either as combatants, or in support tasks, as messengers or lookouts, in wars. In the most serious cases they are used as human shields.

This is a practice with dire consequences: it can leave physical consequences, such as mutilation, malnutrition or disease, as well as psychological or moral consequences.

Violation of human rights

The State must respect, protect and guarantee the human rights of its citizens. However, when it deliberately or not, be it due to carelessness or omission, it generates worrying situations of social injustice.

In this sense, human rights violations are the forced eviction of people from their homes, hunger, water pollution, an insufficient salary to lead a decent life, the denial of fundamental rights such as access to information, to basic services or health care; the segregation of individuals or minorities, generating exclusion at school or work, among many other things.

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