World Day of Social Justice 2019: Theme and Significance of the Day for Global Peace and Development
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We are not unaware of social injustices we see around us. For a better future and well being of the society as a whole, steps should be taken to curb any kind of social injustice that exists. As the United Nations believes- "Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations," the idea is to coexist peacefully by curbing social injustice at every level. We must realise that the principles of social justice are being upheld when we promote gender equality or the rights of native peoples and migrants. February 20th is observed as the World Day of Social Justice each year to highlight the importance of social justice.

Significance of World Day of Social Justice

The significance of observing a day for social justice is to emphasise the idea of working towards improved social justice. According to the UN, removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability needs to be curtailed and this day spreads awareness regarding the same. The chase of social justice for all is at the core of the global mission to promote development and human dignity, as per the UN, who launched the World Day of Social Justice. The UN explains the significance of the Day by saying, "Job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs for the bottom 40 per cent have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to more cohesive and equitable societies and thus are important to prevent violent conflicts and to address post-conflict challenges."

World Day of Social Justice 2019 Theme

"If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice" is the theme for the World Day of Social Justice 2019. The theme implies that any who development and peace in the society must work towards attaining social Justice. It highlights how deeply social order and growth is dependent on achieving social justice. The UN suggests that according to ILO estimation currently, about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, of whom more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29.

One recent instance of the UN system’s commitment to social justice is the adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. UN suggests that the Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.