In an ideal world, everyone would be treated fairly. There would be no inequality or discrimination. But unfortunately, the world isn’t a fair place, and inequality and discrimination still exist. The fact of the matter is that many people are exposed to discrimination on a daily basis, whether it’s the gender pay gap or homophobic behavior, it doesn’t matter – what matters is the fact that discrimination still exists.
Studies have shown that people who experience discrimination are more prone to suffering from both mental and physical health problems. These can mean higher absence rates from work, leading to increased rates of employment termination. The fact is that discrimination can have a huge impact on a person’s life; it can be difficult to survive discrimination, let alone move forward in your daily life.
Bearing that in mind, below is some advice that you may find useful, should you want to fight discrimination.
Stand up for yourself
Don’t be afraid to let others know how their words and actions have impacted you and other people in the same position as you. If you want to exercise your rights, you need to be strong enough to fight for them. What you want to do is show the impact of what discrimination is doing to you, and other people in the same position as you. Don’t be afraid to contact media outlets to ensure that the fact you (and others) are being discriminated against is brought to light.
If you are unsure where to start when it comes to how to go about fighting inequality, you may find it useful to get some help. Whether that is help from your elected representatives for your area, the Office for Civil Rights, or a specialist company like SPLC, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that you get the help that you need and deserve. No one should be made to feel like they don’t matter, which is why inequality and discrimination should always be taken seriously.
Know the consequences of your actions
Before doing anything, it’s vital to be aware of the consequences that your actions could bring. There is a time to be daring, but there is also a time to be cautious, and it’s important to know the difference between the two. Of each action that you plan on taking, weigh up the pros and cons and list the potential consequences. Always do your best to protect yourself, and ensure that you aren’t putting yourself or others at risk.
Build a community
Want to ensure that you make an impact? Aim to build a community to support you and everyone else who has been discriminated against. Support makes an impact; the more supporters you can get, the better. Stand together with friends, family members, coworkers, and anyone else that wants to get involved – remember, you will always be stronger when you are surrounded by support.
Inequality still exists, when it shouldn’t do. It’s 2017, the world is much fairer than it once was, but that doesn’t mean that everyone gets treated the same, or equally for that matter. Some people still have to fight for equality, and although it’s not fair, it’s the way the world is; the key is to learn how to stand strong against discrimination.