Sunday, 19 February 2017

World Day of Social Justice

We live in a world where our society carves the way we live our lives. History has seen and held with it the many archetypes of society where religion, class, economic status etc served as barriers in the development and progression of countries and their citizens. The evolvement of a society where people are valued for their skill, intelligence and for the fact of being a human has become a dream that is far from turning into reality.

The past decade has seen various reforms and regulations drafted in favor of, and with an aim to promote social equality, harmony, and justice in the world. A socially just world is what is looked forward to. While countries are imposing bans on the entry of people from other countries into their own countries, the fundamental right of a human to live in world free of barriers on the name of religion, culture, ethnicity or disability is being choked to death.

There is a pressing need for realizing and recognizing the importance of bringing up laws to tackle issues of social concern like social and economic exclusion, poverty and unemployment. Acting to the desideratum, the United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20th February as the World Day of Social Justice. Approved on 26th November 2007 and starting in 2009, this day is celebrated to promote efforts to tackle social issues and work for social justice and equality. With a common notion to work indefatigably towards fostering “a society for all”, governments have resolved to create a framework for action to advocate social justice at regional, national and international levels. They have also pledged to ensure equal access to resources and opportunities for all. To let the humanity and fundamental rights of every citizen survive the impediment of the various social barriers, the governments have committed to promoting gender equality and rights of both native and migrant people.

The United Nations has made the objective to bring social justice for all as its core purpose of its global mission to promote human dignity and development. The purpose of observing the day is to bring about a wind of change in the present scenario where equality and equity are obliterated. The United Nations General Assembly has invited the Member States to devote the World day of Social Justice to encourage national activities in accordance with the goals and objectives of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. The objective behind the initiative is to eradicate poverty, promote full employment, gender equity, economic and social equality, and justice for all.