Social Justice is a term we all come across at some point or the other in life. Sometimes we fight for it in our own small ways while other times we hear of it and talk about it relentlessly without even trying to define the term in the first place.
According to the UN,
“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(native) peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability”
On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly declared that, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice
So, every year, on 20th February, the UN concentrates on the most mounting issue of social justice that disrupts and affects the life of many and ensures to find the most plausible solutions to them.
This year, the theme is,
“WORKERS ON THE MOVE : Quest for Social Justice”
With the rising number of migrants, the UN has decided to take up the issues of migrants and the difficulties they face in their destination countries. With almost 250 million migrants all over the world, they face discrimination, violence, exploitation on a frequent basis and lack the most basic protection rights.
Some of the major issues that affect migrants include:
- A lot of people are being displaced from conflict areas such as Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan and it is important to help them find shelter, provide homes, jobs and secure lives.
- Also, a lot of the population that is finding its refuge in countries like Europe or Australia, end up dwelling in slums which calls for framing new patterns of resettlement.
- A few of the major problems Indians face while in foreign lands include, Inequality and discrimination, helplessness during crisis in proving identity in gulf countries and falling into wrong hands due to the desperation for work.
- Wage manipulation, Enhanced working hours and Horrible working conditions are some of the problems migrants face in the eastern part of the Asian continent.
It is important for us to pay heed to the aspect of social justice as the number of Indians who migrate to foreign lands is the highest, though now on a declining toll, there are still a lot of our fellow Indians out there who are caught up in the clutches of social injustice and end up losing their lives