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February 20: World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice will be observed for the first time in 2009 on February 20. Readers are invited to consider which are the most critical issues that need to be addressed.

In declaring the February 20 as World Day of Social Justice, the United Nations states that the focus and subsequent action should contribute to the further consolidation of the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity, and access to social well-being and justice for all.

United Nations: Social Perspective on Development Branch.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals:

•    Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
•    Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
•    Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
•    Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
•    Goal 5: Improve maternal health
•    Goal 6: Combat HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases
•    Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
•    Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development


  • What issues of injustice cause you greatest concern locally and globally?
  • In what ways have you endeavoured to bring about justice?

Acknowledge each step you have taken in your journey to bring forth justice for all. Each step marks the path for change. And when the issues seem overwhelming or when weariness overtakes the soul, take heart from these words:

May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.  

(Benedictus, John O’Donohue)

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator