Every year on February 20th, activists from across the world unite together to celebrate the World Day of Social Justice. Initially started by the United Nations (UN) in 2009, the World Day of Social Justice is a holiday to promote social justice, which is the effort to tackle issues such as poverty, gender inequality, human rights, racial justice, and mental health.
Since its implementation, the World Day of Social Justice has been celebrated by thousands of people united to help others and the planet. Every year, the international day has a special theme, and this year the theme is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.”
In anticipation of World Day of Social Justice, I asked some of my friends and family to share what social justice means to them and what they do to help others:
“Social justice means seeking fairness and equality for all of those in our society today and in the past” – Julia F. (Friend & Student)
“To me, social justice means addressing the rights and needs of the working poor. In today’s society, there is a large chasm between the “haves” and “have nots” and the lowest level of the working class is disproportionately affected by inflation and rising housing costs. They struggle with day-to-day living and have no means to get ahead without assistance. When we don’t address the needs of the lowest wage earners, our society suffers as a whole.” James G. (Father)
“Social Justice is standing up for what you believe in and knowing that you will do whatever is in your power to help others. I participate in activism and social justice advocacy by volunteering with my local animal shelter on weekends and lending a hand at school leadership events.” – Ava B. (Friend & Student)
Similar to my friends and family, I believe that social justice is creating a world and society where everyone feels at peace with who they are and are provided with the resources to not just survive, but thrive in their community. Social justice is indicative of our social well-being and development as the human race. This year, I will be celebrating World Day of Social Justice by presenting to a local elementary school class about the work I have done as an activist and sharing with them different ways they can make a difference in their community!
Overall, this February offers an opportunity to stand up and advocate for social justice and changes on issues that you are passionate about, and I hope you will join me in the celebration.