World Day of Social Justice Date in the current year: February 20, 2016

World Day of Social Justice World Day of Social Justice is a United Nations observance held annually on February 20. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2007.

The term “social justice” refers to justice in terms of the distribution of privileges, opportunities, and wealth in the society. This term became widely used in the 1840s, although the concept of social justice has existed since ancient times.

For the UN, the advancement of social justice is part of the global mission to promote human dignity and development. Social justice means removing barriers people all over the world face because of their age, gender, religion, ethnicity, race, or disability.

The promotion of gender equality or struggle for the rights of migrants and indigenous people are bright examples of the pursuit of social justice because all people should have equal opportunities irrespective of their gender or origin.

World Day of Social Justice is aimed at raising public awareness about such issues as unemployment, social exclusion, and poverty. The General Assembly encourages Member States to hold national activities promoting the eradication of poverty, decent work and full employment, social protection, universal access to justice and social well-bring, and gender equity.

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