World Day of Social Justice
MANILA, Philippines - A decade after the World Summit for Social Development was organized in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995, leading to the Copenhagen Declaration and Program of Action where more than a hundred political leaders vowed to make the defeat of poverty, encouragement of full employment, sex equity, access to social happiness, and fairness for all as their prime objectives, the United Nations declared February 20 as World Day of Social Justice. The day was first observed in 2009.
Social justice has many definitions from various people. From a left-leaning political stance, it means legislation to create a just society and various programs to level the playing field among the rich, the middle class, and marginalized sectors. Right-leaning groups equally endorse a just society but a government need not legislate for it but instead should encourage the wealthy to be more generous through programs that they can fund to minimize the burdens of the poor. From a religious perspective, many groups believe that social justice …
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Publication information: Article title: World Day of Social Justice. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: February 19, 2011. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.