World Social Justice Day 2020 - World Day of Social Justice Theme, Importance, History, Significance and many more

World Social Justice Day is celebrated internationally on the 20th of February every year to promote social justice which tackles issues such as poverty, unemployment, social protection, human rights, exclusion, and gender equality. It was decided and approved on the 26th of November 2007 and started in 2009 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to observe 20th February as the World Day of Social Justice. The above-mentioned declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for Social Protection and rights

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World Social Justice Day 2020 - World Day of Social Justice Theme, Importance, History, Significance and many more

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is celebrated globally on the 20th of February every year. World Day of Social Justice is celebrated mainly to bring together the various groups or communities internationally, to eliminate poverty, gender inequality, illiteracy, religious and physical discrimination and to make a society socially integrated. 

Organizations like The United Nations, American Library Association (ALA), and the International Labor Organization stated various importance of social justice for people. Many schools, colleges, and universities organize special events around a particular theme which is related to poverty, socio-economic exclusions or unemployment to make the students understand the values and principles of social justice. It also gives the idea of not sitting on the sidelines of life and watching injustice if somebody faces it instead one should speak it out and consciously push it back. 

World Day of Social Justice: 2020 Theme

World Social Justice Day is observed to raise voice against social injustice and to remove gender, age, race barriers, etc. The Theme for World Day of Social Justice 2020 is Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice. If you want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice was the theme for World Social Justice Day 2019.

What is the History of World Day of Social Justice?

At the World Summit for Social Development which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the year 1995, more than 100 political leaders took a pledge to make the society poverty, unemployment, etc free and also pledged to put people at the center of development plans. Nearly after 10 years, the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action were reviewed by the UN’s members in New York where they gathered for Social Development in February 2005. 

Later on 26th November 2007, it was declared by the UN General that February 20 will be celebrated as The World Day of Social Justice, and the celebration was first scheduled and observed in 2009.

How is World Day of Social Justice Celebrated?

The main objective behind the celebration of World Social Justice Day is to raise our voice against social injustice and to promote social justice and to eliminate poverty, gender and physical discrimination by bringing together the various international groups or communities. 

The celebration of such a great day is focussed on the achievement of full employment and social integral support. The day is not a public holiday but a global observance day. This day is also known by different names in various other languages. As we celebrate this day we celebrate social justice which means to work toward celebrating the diversity in our communities and society with the greatest need and the access to the right jobs. The idea of Social Justice day celebration is to have equal access to wealth, health, all well-being, privileges and justice regardless of any legal, economical, political or any other circumstances.

Few facts on World Social Justice Day

  • Between 2000 and 2007, employment growth is 0.9% as compared to the growth since 2008 the average growth was 0.1%.

  • More than 60% of workers lack any kind of employment contract.

  • Less than 45% salaried workers are employed on a full time basis and even that share is declining.

  • More than 212 million people were out of work by 2019 which was up from 201 million in the previous years.

  • To keep the pace of the working-age population 600 million jobs need to be created by 2030.

Some Inspirational Quotes on Social Justice:

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” - Elie Wiesel

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Justice? -- You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.” - William Gaddis

“Social Justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” - Pope John Paul II

“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained.” - Helen Keller

“Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage.” - Agesilaus the Second

“The failure to invest in civil justice is directly related to the increase in criminal disorder. The more people feel there is injustice the more it becomes part of their psyche.” - Wilhelm Joseph

“The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.” -Marian Wright Edelman.

“We need love, and to ensure love, we need to have full employment, and we need social justice. We need gender equality. We need freedom from hunger. These are our most fundamental needs as social creatures.” - David Suzuki

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World Day of Social Justice 2020 - FAQs

1. Why do we celebrate World Social Justice Day?

We celebrate World Social Justice Day to raise our voice against social injustice including gender, age, caste and race discrimination and also to eliminate illiteracy, unemployment, poverty etc.

2. When was World Social Justice Day started and by whom?

It was first started by the UN member in 2007 and scheduled and observed first in 2009 to promote social justice.

3. What are the basic principles of  Social justice?

The basic principles of social justice are Access (greater equality of access), Rights (equal rights to all), Equity (fair and equal access), Participation (real participation in the decision of their lives).