World Day of Social Justice, recognised by the United Nations, is noticed yearly on February 20. This is in recognition of the truth that whereas the worldwide economic system is progressing due to globalization, elevated commerce, and technological improvement, there nonetheless exists obvious social inequality. Social justice refers to equal alternatives, truthful distribution of wealth, and offering healthcare services to all inside a society. It additionally consists of human rights and preserving the rights of people that have been subjected to discrimination based mostly on race, faith, or intercourse. The day additionally serves as a reminder that international locations, governments, companies, and the civil society organisations want to work collectively to tackle this hole.
This 12 months, the theme for World Day Of Social Justice is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.
Social justice in a digital economic system has turn out to be a necessity. The conventional workforce although have suffered the brunt. Daily wage earners and small companies are going through challenges due to unfair competitors. The entry to the digital infrastructure, has subsequently, turn out to be vital for individuals to be economically sound.
Speaking on the identical, Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation stated, “Covid-19 has elevated participation in the digital economic system, however there stays a want to improve entry to digital means. Social justice in the digital world encompasses equitable entry to digital companies for healthcare, schooling and livelihood.”
According to a international examine by UNESCO, Covid-19 pandemic has pushed greater than 290 million college students out of colleges in simply 13 international locations.
Hence, in such dire circumstances, the World Day of Social Justice 2021 assumes nice significance.
The function of civil society organisations have turn out to be very crucial in easing the shock of the pandemic to tens of millions of Indians. So, on the event of World Day of Social Justice, News18 spoke solely to members of some main civil society organisations.
“Social justice is prime in fixing international poverty. Around 270 million Indians dwell in excessive poverty, with 65 million of them dwelling in ultra-poverty. On this World Day of Social Justice, all stakeholders together with business, philanthropy, civil society organisations, governments and regulators should re-dedicate themselves to work nearer than ever to ship this justice to tens of millions of our compatriots,” stated Sudha Srinivasan, CEO, The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation.
While some consider that poverty alleviation might be a driving power in attaining social justice, others deal with schooling. “Education is a very important and efficient instrument to ship social justice. The international disruption in studying brought on by the pandemic has highlighted the significance of self-learning, and the mindset and habits required for it. Learners must be empowered to construct their very own studying pathways. Our work in designing scalable studying experiences helps curate these journeys for schooling establishments and creates enabling environments which foster twenty first century expertise by way of self-learning,” Aakash Sethi, CEO, Quest Alliance stated, including “The World Day of Social Justice serves to strengthen our resolve to construct extra partnerships inside the schooling and skilling ecosystem in the direction of attaining that purpose.”