UN World Day of Social Justice

20/02/2012

Jesuit Social Services is asking all Australians to mark the United Nations World Day of Social Justice (Monday 20 February) by acknowledging social exclusion and injustice and making a personal commitment to act justly.

Jesuit Social Services suggests that among the actions people in Australia take today, they could consider:

  • Not walking past the person in the street begging
  • Talking to the person on the train/tram who looks 'different' or is talking to themselves
  • Making friends with someone who has re-settled in this country
  • Finding out if someone in your neighbourhood is old, lonely or with no family
  • Speaking up about something that feels wrong/unethical at work or home
  • Taking time to talk to someone in the office you normally don't have time  forring a friend or family member who is ill or doesn't get out much
  • challenge a racist/sexist comment or joke
  • Sharing your prosperity with others

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly.

Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Jesuit Social Services is a not-for-profit organisation which works to build a just society by advocating for social change and promoting the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people, families and communities.

Since 1977, Jesuit Social Services have been standing up for people’s rights.  Today we continue to work in some of the most difficult or demanding areas of human service including; criminal justice, substance use problems, mental illness, homelessness, suicide bereavement, long-term unemployment, entrenched social disadvantage and settlement of refugees and new arrivals.

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