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United Nations World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2020

Today is the official World Day of Social Justice.

But, what does that mean? And, as caring and responsible citizens, what should we do to recognize it?

First off, it's important to acknowledge its origin.

It was nearly 13 years ago when the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Feb. 20 as the day to be celebrated annually. The UN asked everyone to participate by promoting "national and global economic systems based on the principles of justice, equity, democracy, participation, transparency, accountability and inclusion."

That is no small task.

However, it is also something that everyone can champion in their own way.

Perhaps it's participation in a group that aims to break gender barriers. Maybe it's helping create safe environments and building inclusivity. It could be giving voice to those who have been silenced or by engaging in discussions about how peace and justice for all can flourish in our world?

The theme this year is Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice. The UN says that 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."

These are some of the many ways we can advocate for social justice and while having a specific day to do so brings it to the forefront, I say it is something we can all do, all the time, no matter what it says on the calendar.

We've asked people to engage in dialogue about social justice and what it means to them on our Twitter account today and encourage everyone to join in the discussion.

 
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