On 26 November 2007, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared that with effect from the sixty-third (63rd) session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. On this day media campaigns are executed to raise awareness of the need for greater social justice both within and between countries.
“One in 5 workers still live in moderate or extreme poverty, geographical disparities impede access to decent work, many workers face stagnant wages, gender inequality prevails and people are not benefitting equally from economic growth.” These were just a few of the social justice issues which persisted between and among countries globally. To reduce these inequalities and to show the UN System’s commitment to social justice, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all, through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.
It is in this regard, with a view toshow its commitment to social justice, the 20 February was declared World Day of Social Justice.
So how can you help?
- Find out about a social justice issue you are not familiar with*;
- Get to know another culture or language and what they go through with respect to inequalities experience*;
- Save resources
- Concentrate on the conservation of energy or use less water*;
- Talk about social justice on social media to raise awareness and let others know it is important*;
- Remember to make responsible choices through conscious consumerism, when purchasing clothes and products. Ensure that you consume goods/services from companies which certify that child labour is not used in its production*.
- Donate to a charity
- Seek out a non-profit organisation that deals with social justice.
International Affairs Unit