John Sapida is a 2014 UNA-USA Social Good Summit Blogger Fellow.
Yesterday, UN Women launched the “He for She” Campaign. This campaign aims to create solidarity between men and women to speak out against inequality and speak out for the cooperation in the struggle for global gender equality.
What is solidarity and why should we care?
Solidarity suggests a certain degree of camaraderie that becomes the glue that holds an effective relationship between human beings with the same intrinsic dignity, freedom, and goals. Solidarity is also a foundation of our work towards a more peaceful and just society. Solidarity can be simply defined as the unified commitment or agreement over common interests.
Around the world people are mobilizing in solidarity over a common interest in issues such as violence, climate change, migrant’s rights, women’s rights, and poverty. However, those who are affected by these issues should not be the only ones to act because these issues are human rights issues. An Athenian jurist, Solon, once said, “Justice will not come until those who are not hurt feel just as indignant as those who are.”
Here at the Social Good Summit, we are also in solidarity over common interests. This interest, amongst many other things, is social good and assessing what we want to see in our future. The hashtag, #2030NOW, is more than just a hashtag that shows what people are talking about, #2030NOW shows the mobilization of a community doing great work to put global issues in the forefront of the global agenda.
We are here to learn about these important issues, but we are also here to mobilize and analyze what we can do to contribute to the development of a more sustainable and peaceful future with the help of technology. We must also think about being in solidarity with those who may not have access to this technology and how we can bring these advancements to them.
Social media is a tool which we use to do this, but it is also important to accompany our work online with work offline. By doing so, not only are we in solidarity with those reading and following our tweets, those who are participating in Social Good Summits in other countries, but even to those who may never know what a Social Good Summit is. How can we bring what we “like” and “share” or “favorite” and “retweet” into something that we DO or ACT upon?
There are many answers to this. We can join and take up leadership positions at local organizations, collaborate and share ideas with others into creating programs to spread awareness, we can give our time and support to those already working in the field, contact our state and local leaders to take action and etc. There is no one way or right way to do such things. Each way will be unique. What they all have in common is an action towards progress.
Try to take something you are passionate about and something that inspires you and brainstorm ideas about what you can do to either spread awareness or spark more action. Solidarity knows no borders. Be creative, be attentive, and be open to evaluate your ideas.
Alicia Keys’ song, “We are Here” demonstrates the potential power of solidarity. “We are Here” address some of the global issues that is happening around us, but more importantly, it tells us that we are all here with the potential to do something to address these issues.
“We are here. We are here for all of us. That’s why we are here”
Remember that you are never alone in your pursuit of common good. Seek out to those with common interests and create a spark that turns skeptics into believers and believers in doers and so on. We are here to help each other. We are here to support each other. We are here to encourage others. We are here to act. We are here to ensure a better 2030 now.
How about you? How would you fill in the blank?
WE ARE HERE FOR _______________________________.
Watch and be inspired by Alicia Key’s Music Video for “We are Here” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKmDgk8Edg