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World Day of Social Justice was initiated by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007 to encourage support for international efforts in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment, gender equity and justice for all.
World Day of Social Justice provides students and teachers with an excellent opportunity to focus attention on the barriers to social well-being that millions of people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Why Care About Social Justice:
o Over 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. (WHO)
o There are currently 800 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water. (UNESCO)
o Currently armed forces in 20 countries are recruiting child soldiers under the age of 18. (Child Soldiers International)
o The tuberculosis rate among Canada’s First Nations ranges from 10 to 30 times higher than that of the population as a whole. (CBC)
o Eighty-two million girls now aged 10 to 17 will be married before their 18th birthday (UNFP).
o One hundred million more women would be alive today if females had equal access to nutrition and health care. (WHO)
o Of the 4.5 million refugees forced to flee Syria, over one million are children. (UNHRC)
o Genocide Watch has identified emergency situations in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and North Korea.
o The gap between rich and poor within and among nations continues to grow and promote conflict.
o Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations
o A sustainable future involves meeting the needs of all people.
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