The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed World Day of Social Justice on February 20th, 2007. The first World Justice Day was observed in the year 2009. The primary purpose of world justice day is to achieve social development in the globalizing world.
The main theme of World Day of Social Justice is to provide social justice, harmony, equality, and solidarity among world countries. It also gives high priority to social justice and respect for all fundamental freedoms and all human rights. It also takes a pledge to promote equality, equity, and social justice at international, national, and regional levels.
Even today, we see that many people deprived of basic facilities like food, water, shelter, education, jobs, nutrition, and many more. It must be the responsibility of every citizen to consider this since every person living on this earth has the right to enjoy their fundamental rights.
The country will only progress if the people are getting their basic rights. At the International and National levels, activities should conducted to bring awareness among people of providing Social Justice to everyone worldwide.
History that tells us about World Day Social Justice
World leaders face grave challenges such as severe financial crises, high unemployment rates, poverty, exclusion from societies, discrimination, and lack of access to facilities that prevent developing countries from fully participating in the global economy.
In 1995 Copenhagen hosted the World Summit for Social Development, which resulted in the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action. At that event, over 100 political leaders pledged to eliminate poverty, work towards full employment, and create stable societies with justice for all while placing people at the center of development plans.
In 2005, the United Nations member states reviewed and adopted the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action during a Commission for Social Development session in New York City.
They pledged their commitment to furthering social development efforts two years later on November 26, 2007, when it declared that February 20 would celebrated annually as World Day of Social Justice from its sixty-third session forward.
On June 10, 2008, The International Labour Organization also adopted its Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, setting into motion an initiative that continues today:
Organizations worldwide, such as the United Nations and International Labour Office, make statements on the significance of social justice for people.
Organizations also formulate plans to tackle issues and promote social justice. Trade unions take part, too – in fact, the Russian General Confederation of Trade Unions has declared this day’s common slogan to be ‘Social Justice and Decent Life for All!’
Actions that may help to bring awareness among people on World Day of Social Justice
- The government can take the initiative to conduct various welfare programs to help the underprivileged.
- Awareness should brought among people internally and nationally as to how to help these people.
- A few posters and videos of these people suffering from poverty and living under the poverty line should shared on social media to get help from people.
- Employees and college students should encouraged to participate in various programs to help these people during their free time.
- More NGOs should come forward, each working for a different sector, so that an improvement can seen quickly.
- School kids can also be part of this activity by preparing banners and various programs and encouraging people to take part in helping them.
- At the national and international levels, some TV and Radio programs can introduced to bring awareness among people.
- People should come forward voluntarily to help these people.
- Free food and education should made mandatory, and they should reached every needy.
- People can contribute either money or in the form of service to see a better society.