We are most passionate about Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. This goal is important to us for a multitude of reasons, including the scale and ubiquity of the issue, our personal experiences with stigma, and our desire to follow the Canadian and British Columbia Human Rights Code. This goal is both a local and global issue. Inequalities are unjust and stigmatized people deserve better. Therefore, our society locally and globally requires positive change. Everyday, countless people walk or drive by unhoused people without even interacting with them, or worse, actively hurting them. We want to humanize stigmatized groups, and we hope that our influence can make a difference in our community, especially as youths.
As teens nearing adulthood, we have a substantial interest in transforming our community. We also notice that many of our young peers are unaware of what is happening in our community in terms of stigma. Our goal with this project is to educate young people like ourselves about the stigmatized individuals and groups in our community. By doing this, we hope to create a more positive and inclusive city because the issues related to this goal are prevalent in our communities. As part of the Human Rights Code, we need to be treating everyone, including unhoused people, people who are narcotic dependent, and other stigmatized groups, better. We want to “promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights”, as stated by the BC Human Rights Code. This goal is tied into hate speech and cruelty, and many glaring problems need to be addressed in our community and society.
Stigma directly impacts all different types of people, so reducing inequalities is necessary for a more accepting society. The different individuals and groups who are facing inequality connect to other interests or personal experiences in our own lives.