World Day of Social Justice

Samaritans CEO

This week we celebrate World Day of Social Justice on February 20.  It is a time to recognise the issues that impede justice for all.   Social justice is dependent upon removing barriers that people face because of their gender, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

An integral part of achieving social justice in our own backyard is making sure that every Australian has choices about how they live and the means to make these choices. In the past Australia has failed miserably at achieving social justice for Australia’s First Nations Peoples, who were denied rights to their land, way of life and even the opportunity to raise their own children.  Sadly, the repercussions of this are still evident today with many Indigenous Australians facing education inequality leading to employment inequality.  The unemployment rate for our First Nations Peoples is around three times the rate of non-Indigenous.

The need for social justice extends past our own nation and is a key factor in creating and maintaining a peaceful and prosperous co-existence among nations.  We are still a long way from achieving social justice, with currently the wealth of the top 1% of the global population equalling that of the poorest 3.5 billion people.  Tackling the magnitude of injustice in the world can seem overwhelming but there are steps we can all take on an individual level. Click here to read how you can play an active role.

Samaritans is a charity that assists thousands of people in need throughout Newcastle & the Hunter. Find out how Samaritans can help you here