Like the rest of the world, Serbia is still suffering the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, with almost 10% of the population living in extreme poverty and many social groups remaining on the margins of life, unable to excercise their rights to healthcare, education, and housing.
Today, more than ever, it is necessary to demonstrate humanism, solidarity, and responsibility for the most vulnerable who, without community assistance, cannot resolve their own existential problems.
A socially just society is a society where all the people are able to live in dignity from the proceeds of their work, have equal opportunities, without in any sense being discriminated against, and can participate in social, economic, political, and cultural life within their communities.
Social justice is a pre-condition for social progress, while key points of the socially just society are the fight against poverty, the right to work, gender equality, and creating equal opportunity for all. Unless needs are addressed, new social injustices will emerge, leaving to the next generations a society with poor prospects.
The World Day of Social Justice is a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment. Approved on 26 November 2007, and starting in 2009, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 20 February as the World Day of Social Justice.