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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. This year’s theme, “Achieving Social Justice Through Formal Employment” focuses attention on formal employment as a necessity in reducing poverty and inequality . The UN estimates that 60% of the world’s working population earns a living through work in the informal economy, meaning they often lack any form of social protection or employment benefits. As a result, they are twice as likely as those working in formal jobs to be poor
Students and teachers are encouraged to consider how the lack of formal employment opportunities can serve as a barrier to the social well being millions of people already face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Why Care About Social Justice:
o Over 60 percent of all workers lack any kind of employment contract. (UN)
o By 2019, more than 212 million people were out of work, up from 201 million in previous years. (UN)
o Fewer than 45 percent of wage and salaried workers are employed on a full-time, permanent basis, and even that share is declining. (UN)
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 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 The environmental and health consequences of climate change disproportionately affect low-income countries and poor people in high-income countries
o One hundred million more women would be alive today if females had equal access to nutrition and health care. (WHO)
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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