The United Nations(UN)’s World Day of Social Justice is annually observed across the globe on 20th February to speak out against injustice and promote worldwide social justice.
- The day is observed to tackle the issues like poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment and human rights.
The theme of World Day of Social Justice 2022 is “Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment”.
The day aims to raise a voice against social injustice and to unite the various international communities to eliminate poverty, gender, physical discrimination, illiteracy, religious discrimination to make a socially integrated society.
The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/62/10 on 26th November 2007 and proclaimed the 20th February of every year, starting from the 63rd Session of the UNGA, as the World Day of Social Justice.
- The first World Day of Social Justice was observed on 20th February 2009.
Social justice ensures that all humans have equal rights and access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.
Efforts of ILO:
On 10th June 2008, the International Labour Organization(ILO) unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, a renewed statement of faith in the ILO.
- The Declaration builds on the values and principles embodied in the ILO Constitution and reinforces them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
About International Labour Organization (ILO):
ILO is the only tripartite UN agency with government, employer, and worker representatives.
It was created in 1919 as a part of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.
Director-General– Guy Ryder
Headquarters– Genève, Switzerland