Celebrating the World Day of Social Justice
On 26 November 2007, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 20 February annually – starting in 2009 – as the World Day of Social Justice.The pressing need to observe this day was felt by the signing members to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
The 192 member signatories unanimously adopted the resolution and also invited the also invited Member States to devote the Day to promoting activities at the national level in support of the objectives and goals of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development.
Governments meeting at that Summit pledged to make poverty eradication, the goal of full employment and the fostering of social integration overriding objectives of development.
In designating the World Day, the Assembly “recognizes the need to consolidate further the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication and in promoting full employment and decent work, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all.”
So today is the third year we celebrate the World Day of Social Justice.
How many more years will it take to bring the ‘social justice‘ only time will tell.
Let us not wait for the governments, social activists, media to arrange elaborate functions for the day.
Let us, instead, all celebrate this day in our own little ways, as the bare minimum–being kind to the housemaid, not let anyone in our neighborhood sleep hungry, giving the due wage to the workers under our employment, treating our girl child as well as the son, looking beyond caste, color and creed.
If not even this, then at least keep in our thoughts, those less fortunate than us and create a tiny bit of concern and empathy in our hearts, towards them.