This day was first proclaimed by the United Nation General Assembly in 2007. As we observe the day this year with people from many nations, we join with others in supporting efforts to eradicate poverty, promote full employment and decent work, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all.
The theme of this year’s World Day of Social Justice is: Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice.
Today, most migration is linked directly or indirectly to people’s search for decent work opportunities. Even if employment is not the primary driver, it usually features in the migration process at some point. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 258 million international migrants in the world today and approximately 150 million of these are migrant workers. It is worth noting that among migrant workers, 56 percent are men and 44 percent are women.
A PRAYER FOR JUSTICE IN THE WORLD
Loving God, we are all part of your one creation
and it is your desire that we be gathered together as one family.
Fill our hearts with the fire of your love
and with a firm commitment to bringing about greater justice for all beings.
By sharing the many gifts you give us,
may we do our part to ensure equality for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
WIth a growing awareness of our common home and of the one web of life in which we live, may we see fresh possibilities for responding each day with compassion and courage.
May there be an end to division, strife and war.
May we renew our efforts to pray, advocate and work for an end to all forms of exploitation, injustice and suffering.
We ask this especially on this World Day of Social Justice in the name of Jesus our Brother and Friend.
As Brigidines we are impelled to take action for justice in small and large ways in the footsteps of Jesus, living in the spirit of Brigid fo Kildare and reflecting the values of Daniel Delany (refer Brigidine Congregational Forum: Invitation and Call, May 2016).