World Day of Social Justice

The 20th February is World Day of Social Justice (Social Justice Equality Day), an international day recognising the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections.

On this day, many organisations, including the UN, American Library Association (ALA), and the International Labour Organisation, make statements on the importance of social justice for people. Many organisations also present plans for greater social justice by tackling poverty, social and economic exclusion and unemployment.

The United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 20th February annually, with the first starting in 2009, as the World Day of Social Justice.

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexuality or disability.

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