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What is social justice and how does it relate to healthy equity?

Social justice is the equitable distribution of social, economic and political resources, opportunities, and responsibilities and their consequences. It affects the way people live, their chance of illness, and their risk of premature death. Social justice is the sustained commitment to create a society based on equality and fairness for all people. It calls for fair and equal treatment of the “haves” and the “have not’s.” The social justice movement is centered on fighting all forms of oppression, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. It calls for systemic change of governments, policies, and practices that empower all people to live healthy and productive lives. Health equity means social justice in health (i.e., no one is denied the possibility to be healthy for belonging to a group that has historically been economically/socially disadvantaged).

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