World Day of Social Justice – February 20

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Tune in for this special guest post by SPH student Alyssa Mouton, who spends some of her time working with our Global Health Coordinator at the Taubman Health Sciences Library:

What comes immediately to mind when you hear the phrase “social justice”? Is it land rights for indigenous peoples in South America? Anti-stigmatization campaigns for HIV positive people in South Africa? Policy efforts to ensure access to healthcare for all US citizens? This broad concept encompasses a wide range of lived experiences of inequity, oppression and the struggle for dignity and human rights worldwide. In recognition of this, February 20 is recognized annually as World Day of Social Justice.

While serving as a Health Extension Agent with the US Peace Corps in Mali, W. Africa from 2008-2010, I worked and lived in a 500-person community struggling to deal with both the external influences of globalization as well as local…

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