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Justice Without Exception: World Day of Social Justice

Date: February 11, 2024



This year, on World Social Justice Day, Empower People chose the theme "Justice without exception," which implies that justice should be applied universally, without making any exceptions based on gender, race, or any other characteristic. It emphasizes the idea that everyone deserves equal treatment under the law and in society without discrimination or prejudice. Before starting, I wanted to mention the five main principles of social justice that are paramount to understanding the concept better: access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights.




Women Leading the Charge:

 Now, let's talk about women. When they have all these principles, they can lead the way. "Justice without exception: Women's rights are human rights." This means that for real justice, everyone should have the same chances, including women.


Blue is more than a color; it's a symbol that represents justice:



Today, on the World Day of Social Justice, the Assam Team celebrated by bringing together members from self-help groups (SHG), girls' clubs, and mother clubs. They tied blue ribbons around each other, symbolizing their commitment to justice. As they gathered, they engaged in serious discussions, learning, and affirming their solidarity with the cause of justice. They shared what justice means to them as women, such as the right to education and other fundamental rights. They painted their hands, symbolizing that every woman deserves safety, autonomy, and the opportunity to thrive. Let's work together to break the chain of exploitation and empower survivors toward a future of dignity and freedom.

 

Karnal on Justice: Reshaping the Influence of Bangles



Team Karnal with bangles shows us that bangles, often seen as a symbol of weakness, now represent power. Today, on World day of Social Justice, in Karnal, blue, representing the color of justice, gathered for Social Justice Day, with community leaders uniting with blue bangles as a symbol of unity. They shared their voices, listening attentively to each other's perspectives. In Panipat, an awareness program was organized for women. Discussions focused on education, health, and the crucial need for equal rights for all, highlighting the importance of eliminating discrimination. Women from diverse backgrounds in both districts united to commemorate the significance of this day.

 

Voices that shared their views on justice:



Sunita (name changed): "Humne jaisay color haath mein lagaya hai, waisay hi Humari zindagi bhi khushiyon aur rango se bhar jayegi. Khud mehnat karenge and apnay liye khaday honge."

(We learned from Sunita how important it is for individuals, especially for women, to be independent.)



Soniya: (name changed ) "Hum apnay bachchay ladka aur ladki mein bhedbhaav nahi karenge. Dono ko ek samman shiksha aur adhikar milnay chahiye."

(From Soniya, we learned how justice is also about getting equal opportunities or access to equal opportunities.)



Komal: (name changed ) "Mahilao aur mard ko ek barabar adhikar milna chahiye."

(We learned from her quote that we have come a long way, but the bias women face still exists now.)

 

Yamuna Nagar Launches 'Women Enterprise' Initiative on World Social Justice Day



In Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, something significant took place on World Social Justice Day, February 20, 2024. It marked the launch of the 'Women Enterprise' initiative, a major step towards empowering women economically and promoting gender equality in the region. This initiative, organized under Project SEAL and generously supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands, holds immense importance in fostering an environment where women can thrive as entrepreneurs and leaders in business.




The 'Women Enterprise' initiative is dedicated to providing women in Yamuna Nagar with the necessary resources, skills, and support to excel in the business world. It aims to break down barriers and create opportunities for women to realize their full potential, not only for their own benefit but also for the betterment of their communities and beyond.


As we celebrated this significant milestone, it's essential to reiterate our commitment to principles of social justice, equality, and empowerment. By championing initiatives like the 'Women Enterprise' project, we can work towards a future where every individual, irrespective of gender or background, has equal opportunities to succeed and contribute positively to society.


Personal Reflections on Justice:


Justice means to me the opportunity to express our voices and make choices that align with our values and aspirations, fostering a sense of contentment and empowerment. It encompasses not only equality but also equity and mutual respect, ensuring that each individual's unique circumstances and needs are taken into account. In advocating for justice, we strive for a world where everyone has the freedom to pursue their dreams without fear of discrimination or oppression.




Let's stand in solidarity with women, girls, and survivors of bride trafficking. Every individual, regardless of gender, deserves equal rights and opportunities. Let's advocate for justice, support, and empowerment for all those affected by this heinous crime, ensuring a future where every person lives free from exploitation and discrimination.


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