World Day of Social Justice is a day set aside by the General assembly of the UN purposely to tackle issues of inequality, poverty and all forms of social injustices across the world and the need for pragmatic measures to ensure a equality.

The theme for this year`s celebration is “If you want peace and development, work for social justice”

Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. Wikipedia

It thus seeks to tackle issues of poverty, unemployment, and unfair exclusion that results in economic harm and social ostracism in a society.

On World Day of Social Justice, there are various forms of campaigns to raise awareness of the need for better social justice both within and between nations.

The day is also aimed at the promotion of human rights, the removal of all forms of social barriers based on gender, race, ethnicity or religion, and standing up for the rights of migrants, the physically and mentally challenged, the weak and elderly in our societies across the world.

A statement on the UN website to mark the day state that, “Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

The statement further indicates that, “job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs for the bottom 40 per cent have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to more cohesive and equitable societies and thus are important to prevent violent conflicts and to address post-conflict challenges”.

Observation of the very core concept of the World Day of Social Justice, indicates clearly that, without peace, there is no development, therefore it has become a matter of vital importance for governments of the world and especially governments across Africa to ensure that social justice for all citizens becomes the core of the continent to ensure the championing of development and a good life for its citizens.

This, if properly adhered to would help prevent violent conflicts as well as address post-conflict challenges borne out of social injustices.



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