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World Day of Social Justice 2018

The UN declared February 20th as the annual date on which World Day of Social Justice is to be celebrated. Let us explain the concept of social justice. This concept refers to the interaction between an individual and his or her society. This relationship should be fair and just, but often isn’t. Particularly relevant in today’s globalization context, Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice – this is the theme for World Day of Social Justice 2018. We have previously discussed social justice as it related to poverty and gender equality, in addition, let’s talk about labour migration.

World Day of Social Justice. Why Celebrate?

Talking about social justice can be a daunting task, since it encompasses such a wide range of world views and concepts. In a nutshell, social justice means that the way an individual interacts with the society must be just and fair. In practice, this can refer to many aspects of life, for example:

  1. Access to Education: while many consider education a basic right, millions of children around the globe do not have access to even primary education. This limits their opportunities for the future, and often results in a repetitive cycle of poverty. Here you can read more about NGOs that work on the great cause of eduction.
  2. Access to Clean Drinking Water: this is a basic necessity. Clean drinking water is hardly available to many. Nearly a third of the world population do not have access to safe drinking water in their homes. That makes these 55 NGOs working on water especially relevant.
  3. Homelessness: millions of people are homeless at any given time. This may be due to economic circumstance, mental health or substance abuse. Refugees are the largest homeless populations, in addition to natural disaster survivors, and individuals facing abuse. You can find more info about NGOs fighting poverty here.

To bring awareness on these important topics, the UN selects a focal theme. For World Day of Social Justice 2018 it is Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice.

NGOs Fighting for Social Justice

Today, many global and local NGOs are fighting for social justice. NGOs that are working hard to ensure equity of opportunities and access for all segments of the global population.

Amnesty International

Since 1961, Amnesty International has been an active voice in promoting human rights across the globe. They continuously work with Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants, advocating for their rights to be respected by governments, particularly in recipient countries. This includes protections under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Refugee Convention, and the 1990 Migrant Workers Convention.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

A think-tank and an advocacy platform, HRW publishes annual reports and briefs on the human rights conditions around the globe. Human Rights Watch advocates for these rights to be respected. Through the reporting and advocacy model, HRW works to promote fair workers’ rights for migrant populations around the globe.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

A tripartite UN Agency, the ILO works with governments, the civil society and the private sector to set out policies, guidelines and standards for decent work around the world. This includes their active work on promoting the rights of migrant workers through research, implementing partners, political reform and the implementation of the Fair Migration Agenda.

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