World Day of Social Justice is observed on every year February 20 to promote social justice through employment opportunities, human rights, social well-being, gender equity, social integration, etc.
Observed on: February 20
Organized by: UN, ILO
Introduced in: 2007 (UN Decision), 2009 (First Observation)
About World Day of Social Justice
On 26 November 2007 United Nations General Assembly decided to observe every year 20 February as World Day of Social Justice. The first observation was made in the year 2009. This aims to promote social justice through employment opportunities, human rights, social well-being, gender equity, social integration, etc.
A peaceful atmosphere is only possible when there is a social justice. Social Justice Day is celebrated on February 20 to promote social justice in different means. This is essential for eradicating poverty, decrease unemployment, etc. It is possible when there is no discrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Activities and Programs on Social Justice Day
United Nations and International Labour Organization take initiative in promoting many activities and programs to improve and achieve social justice. One of such is the adoption of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization by ILO. Many organizations are coming up with activities and programs to improve social justice by tackling poverty, unemployment, etc. Different organizations conduct programs based on theme selected for the year. Social Justice Campaign are conducted on the day in different media’s like television, radio, newspaper, websites etc. Social media campaigns are also common and attracts many people.
Theme for World Day of Social Justice
World Day of Social Justice 2021 Theme is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy“
World Day of Social Justice 2020 Theme was “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”
Social Justice Day 2019 Theme was “If you want Peace and Development, Work for Social Justice“
2018 Theme: Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice
2017 Theme: Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work
2016 Theme: A Just Transition – environmentally sustainable economies and societies
2015 Theme: Ending human trafficking and forced labour