raise (one's) consciousness

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raise (one's) consciousness

To increase one's awareness or understanding of one's own needs or the needs of others. Traveling abroad really raised my consciousness about the plight of the poor around the world.
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Earth Day was a day that raised consciousness to love and protect Mother Earth, and to save the generations of man.
Similarly, the march to Washington raised consciousness for civil rights and brought freedom and jobs to a discriminated class.
I think anybody who is enjoying the privilege of power in the status quo is going to be at least wary of, if not opposed to, this raised consciousness among the poor and marginalized.
As much as the H1N1 flu outbreak raised consciousness about the importance of early preparedness, pharmacists point out that patients often delay treatment and increase a virus' longevity.
AaAa Prince Philippe stressed the importance of launching the world economies to insure the well-being of citizens and support employment's perspectives, saying that the downturn has raised consciousness about the crucial role of good governance.
He raised consciousness about the plight of Africa with the super group recording We Are the World in 1985.
The humane farming movement has likewise raised consciousness about the treatment of animals throughout our food production system.
Normally one would expect the positive transformative experiences of the past to be reflected in the present, the raised consciousness translating into social success.
However, some members of the public trust will want to see that raised consciousness accomplishes something other than a rationally secure individual (as though that might not be sufficient).
Reading about real people, I think, raised consciousness.
For society, it means raised consciousness, which can affect social decisions made on behalf of children.
Fortunately, that too-familiar scenario isn't true all the time, these days, with our raised consciousness about health and digestion.
Governors have stepped in and raised consciousness of skill levels.
Isn't the solution raised consciousness and better laws protecting those for whom national manhood is a mode of domination rather than a conduit to national belonging?
It has raised consciousness among women who are survivors of female genital mutilation and (along with Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy) has even been used to effect a change in Amnesty International's policy regarding the definition of "torture.