World Day of Social Justice – Feb. 20
In 2007 the UN general Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice. It called upon all its member nations and the rest of the world to devote the day for promoting national activities highlighting themes of social justice and human development.
The theme of 2017 is ‘Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work.’ We have a long way to go to enjoy the benefits of social justice. Increasing number of regional, national and international conflicts allow little room for people to live in peace and to pursue their normal activities.
The ill effects of globalization have increased the prospect of the rich growing richer and the poor getting dragged into more and more poverty. The benefits of globalization do not reach the poor, illiterate and financially hamstrung people.
Gender parity is being talked about and accepted as a principle. But, even in democratic countries, the maxim space women, who form half of humanity, get is only one third in political or public life. The patriarchal domination in governance, in law making, and religious fundamentalism is too blatant and creates gaping wounds in society.
Mechanisation, technological progress and accumulation of wealth in a few hands do not match promise with performance when it comes to providing employment and opportunities for a decent living. Wars and conflicts throw out citizens from their countries and turn them refugees. Some selfish and prosperous countries are not willing to give even living space to these migrants.
We need to learn to build bridges. Bridges of human relationship, acceptance of one another irrespective of caste, creed or social standing! We need to promote human respect for people. We need to accept people as persons and not consider them as things to be used and thrown out at will. We need to provide opportunities for people to develop themselves through work, leisure, and financial stability, fulfilment of at least basic needs and enjoyment of their human and fundamental rights. Let us say no to wars, conflicts and terrorism. Let us declare war on poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. Let us allow peace a chance!