Discover the theme, the history, the meaning of this day
The theme for this year’s World Day of Social Justice is “Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment”, which the United Nations considers a necessary condition for reducing poverty and inequality in society.
On November 26, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that beginning with the 63rd Session of the Assembly, February 20 would be observed annually as the World Day of Social Justice. Twitter/@UNGeneva
The World Day of Social Justice is celebrated every year on February 20. The objective of the day is to make a voice heard against the social injustice that is rampant in the world. On this day, various communities come together to address issues such as illiteracy, religious and physical discrimination, poverty; issues related to race, ethnicity and culture, among others. In doing so, these communities work to create a socially integrated society.
The theme for this year’s World Day of Social Justice is “Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment”. Through this theme, the United Nations intends to promote the need for the transition to formal employment, a necessary condition for reducing poverty and inequalities in society.
The UN believes that the availability of decent work can lead to increased business productivity and sustainability, which in turn can help countries develop. To help make this plan possible, several countries are using new technologies to identify potential employees.
History and significance
The General Assembly announced that February 20 will be celebrated each year as the World Day of Social Justice on November 26, 2007. The following year, the International Labor Organization (ILO) collectively accepted on June 10 the declaration on social justice for a fair globalization.
During this time, this declaration has become a powerful reaffirmation of the values of the ILO which work to help achieve progress and social justice in the context of globalization.
Here are some inspirational quotes on social justice:
- Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – Martin Luther King, Jr (minister and activist)
- Social justice cannot be achieved through violence. Violence kills what it intends to create – Pope John Paul II (former head of the Catholic Church)
- Sometimes the only way to get justice is to take it for yourself – Leigh Bardugo (Israeli-American fantasy writer)
- Until the great mass of the people are filled with a sense of responsibility for the welfare of others, social justice can never be achieved – Helen Keller (American author and political activist)
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