To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness." ― William Pickens

"Human rights' are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, then each of us must rein himself in...A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces but by conscious self-limitation: by the principle that we are always duty-bound to defer to the sense of moral justice." ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, Rebuilding Russia: Reflections and Tentative Proposals
Social
Justice
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." ― Elie Wiesel

"My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude… " ― Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions

Cicero
Human
rights
"The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings

"In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes." ― Jane Goodall

Kennedy
Great
Injustice
"Do not make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice." ― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

"In the beginning there was only a small amount of injustice abroad in the world, but everyone who came afterwards added their portion, always thinking it was very small and unimportant, and look where we have ended up today." ― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Plato
"The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice." ― Bryan Stevenson
February 19 2019

World Day of Social Justice

Thesynergyoline News Bureau
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 :

Today (20 February 2019) the UN's message is: "if you want peace and development, work for social justice". The ILO is built on this precept: carved into the foundation of its first headquarters are the words "si vis pacem, cole justitiam" - "If you desire peace, cultivate justice". For one hundred years the ILO has pursued its mandate to promote social justice through the world of work. .

"Technology has generated jobs, opened up opportunities and alleviated drudgery, yet billions are still barely surviving in the informal economy."

Undoubtedly, there has been much economic and social progress. Yet the fruits are often unevenly distributed. Many people have been lifted out of poverty but many are in danger of falling back. Technology has generated jobs, opened up opportunities and alleviated drudgery, yet billions are still barely surviving in the informal economy. Many societies are scarred by deep social and economic divides; populations are torn apart by war and conflict. And in a changing world of work, established relationships, norms and standards are being called into question and fundamental rights at work are still to be fully realized.

" We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained." ― Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

Lasting peace and stability must be built on a foundation of sustainable development and social justice. "When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else's oppression, we'll find our opportunities to make real change." ― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

It is no less certain today than in 1919 that lasting peace and stability must be built on a foundation of sustainable development and social justice. Freely chosen work, done in conditions of equity, security and dignity – decent work – will be key. We can choose the path of opportunity towards a brighter future for women and men, for their families, communities and societies.

"An educator should consider that he has failed in his job if he has not succeeded in instilling some trace of a divine dissatisfaction with our miserable social environment. " ― Anthony Standen

Rules of taste enforce structures of power." ― Susan Sontag

The ILO will continue to be an advocate for the rights and standards that underpin decent workThe ILO will continue to be an advocate for the rights and standards that underpin decent work, for the policies that foster decent work, for the conditions under which enterprises can generate decent work."
The ILO will continue to be an advocate for the rights and standards that underpin decent work, for the policies that foster decent work, for the conditions under which enterprises can generate decent work. It will promote social dialogue that can build a common vision of a shared future, including a just transition to environmental sustainability.

We will continue to work for social justice, and for decent work as an instrument of lasting peace.

"Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society." ― Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism.

"Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone's different needs." ― Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right

"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better." ― Georg Lichtenberg