What is World Day of Social Justice?

Since 2007, February 20 has been observed annually as World Day of Social Justice. The objectives of the day include increasing awareness of and contribution to the efforts of the international community in:

  • poverty eradication
  • full employment
  • decent work
  • gender equity
  • justice for all

The day is used to emphasise the importance of removing barriers and challenges people face as a result of:

  • gender
  • age
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • culture
  • disability

Social justice, especially for groups that are marginalised and discriminated against, is always an important part of the sustainable development dialogue, since it is this principle that will ascertain the fair and equal distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges within a society.

Another important part of this dialogue is the attainment of peace and security. This, economists say, will not happen as long as there are groups in society that feel disenfranchised and unjustly treated. The inspiration behind World Day of Social Justice posits that the human rights of ALL human beings must be respected, and they must all be given justice in every aspect of their social lives.

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