The importance of ‘language justice’ in social justice movements

By: Prachi Patankar and Phoebe De Padua | February 2024 | Blog

 

 

‘As an Indigenous and ethnic minority woman, I dream, I laugh, I experience my true self in my own language. I need to be able to express myself in my own language in multilingual spaces,’ explained a Karen activist from Myanmar who attended a recent convening hosted by the South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) team of Foundation for a Just Society (FJS). This activist’s words powerfully reminded us how important it is for funders to practice language justice.

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