Feb. 20 is the day to stand up for justice

Feb. 20 is the day to stand up for justice

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. To uphold this principle, we need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, rights of indigenous peoples and migrants, exclusion and unemployment, removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Over time many organizations have presented several statements on the importance of this fundamental principle. The adoption of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization by the International Labour Organization is just one recent example of the United Nations’ commitment to social justice.

On the basis of the declaration, in November 2007, the General Assembly proclaimed Feb. 20 as World Day of Social Justice inviting member states to devote the day to promote national activities in accordance with the goals of the World Summit for Social Development.

Started in February 2009, the World Day of Social Justice aims to support efforts of the international community to guarantee fair outcomes for all, particularly through the promotion of social dialogue, full employment, decent work, social protection, gender equity and access to social well-being.

To promote the occurrence this year, the International Campaign provided by PIVOT starts from Martin Luther King's action (celebrated on Jan. 18), exploring themes of political conflict and social injustice in our societies, through films and original shows such as Crash, Philadelphia, The Internet's Own Boy and more.

Take a look at the following video to learn more. Awareness is the first step to safeguard such fundamental rights.

Cover credit: Une-sen.org

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