If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice is the bold slogan of the 2019 World Day for Social Justice celebrated, yearly, on 20 February.
Social justice is about gender equality, the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants; it is about removing barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. Access to decent work and social protection for all, and the respect of rights at work are indispensable to achieve social justice.
Nevertheless, data shows we have a pyramid society with, at the top, a small, though powerful elite, and way below them a global workforce that has seen its working conditions deteriorating as precariousness increases globally.
As highlighted by the ILO World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019
Convinced that no lasting peace can be achieved without Social Justice, since its creation in 1948, SOLIDAR International Cooperation Network works together with its partners all around the world to support the full implementation of the ILO International Labour Standards. It does so by:
This year the ILO celebrates its 100th Anniversary. SOLIDAR will participate in the International Labour Conference to reiterate its commitment to the values and the role of the oldest (and yet so relevant!) UN Agency as well as its commitment to keep working for Social Justice.