World Day Of Social Justice, 20 February 2019; Check Details & History

World Day Of Social Justice

It comes on the 20th of February. Social Justice is a day in which an individual person take their attention toward society. We get aware of the things or efforts we can make to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment. The United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually, approved on 26 November 2007 and starting in 2009, as World Day Of Justice.

What is social justice?

Social Justice is the equal access to wealth, opportunity, and privileges to society. It is a concept of a fair relationship between a person and society. For the development of any country, the people should fulfill their societal roles.  Social justice assigns rights and duties to the institution present in the societies, which enable people to receive the benefits and burdens of cooperation. It focuses on the full and equal participation of all citizen in economic, social and political aspects of the nation.

these institutions include social insurance, taxation, labor law, social insurance, public health, public schools, public services, human rights and regulation of markets to ensure fair distribution of wealth, and equal opportunity. In India, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment works for social justice. It is responsible for welfare, social justice, and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society, including scheduled castes, Other Backward Classes, the disabled, the elderly, and the victims of drug abuse.

World Day Of Social Justice History-

It arises as a concept in the early 19th century during the Industrial Revolution throughout Europe. Social Justice aimed at more egalitarian societies (believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.) and to make system who provide a proper fair and impartial rights to the people.

By the mid 20th century, Social justice is not only concerned about economics but cover other aspects of societies like environment, race, gender, and other aspect arises due to inequality.

World Day Of Social Justice Celebration-

On this day of Social Justice is observed with the objective of promoting social justice and brings the international community together to eliminate poverty, illiteracy, gender, and physical discrimination, religious discrimination.

Many organization like the UN and the International Labour Office, American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood make statements on why Social Justice is important and spread awareness through programmes. They also can introduce a future plan which can tackle poverty, social and economic exclusion, Education and unemployment. An organization who work for social justice gather their member and supporters to mark the day and re-discuss their goals again so they can make improvements. School colleges can plan the activities for the day. They can plan a marching rally so they can aware people more about social justice.

The main objective of world social justice 2018 is to tackle the issue of social justice and labor migration and formulate policies to address them.

Last year special event is organized in which theme is Workers on the move; the quest for social justice, different persons submitted their stories and testimonies about the challenges of social justice.

STORYTELLING TESTIMONIES

  • Migration and separation: stories of the barrel children in the Caribbean, by Melissa Noel, award-winning, independent multimedia journalist contributor to NBC news, HuffPost and Carribean Beat magazine.
  • Mr. Ince the Hope of Being Needed: A year and a half with a tireless Turkish day laborer in Berlin, by Mario Kaiser
  • The Hand that feeds: Undocumented immigrant workers struggling for labor rights in the food sector, by Racheal Lears

World Day of Social Justice 2019

The world day of Social Justice 2019 theme is “If you want peace and development, Work for Social Justice”.

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raaj Hyderabad will organize a two-day seminar on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice. The topic for the seminar is “Sustainable development and Social Justice: Issues and Way Forward.”

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