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At its basic level, social justice is the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges for all people, especially underserved and marginalized populations. While this is important in America, it is also a basic, crucial need for people in developing countries. In each community, the oppressed and the oppressors vary. The drive for social justice exists everywhere, but every community has its unique needs to achieve equity. Our charity partners understand the need for local change when doing social justice work on a worldwide scale. In many countries, heightened punishments and human rights violations make the stakes higher and the...

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  • Charity: Human Rights Watch
  • Country: Canada
  • Photo Credit: © 2021 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

  • Title: Two students at a free non-government run school
  • Charity: Human Rights Watch
  • Country: Pakistan
  • Photo Credit: © 2018 Insiya Syed for Human Rights Watch

  • Title: LGBT Rights Demonstation
  • Charity: Human Rights Watch
  • Country: United States
  • Photo Credit: © 2017 Mickey Lukens for Human Rights Watch

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Globally, an estimated 792 million people or 1 in 10, including 1 in 5 children, have a mental health condition. Yet, mental health draws only limited government attention. On average, countries spend less than 2 percent of their health budgets on mental health.