The United Nations Day of Social Justice: February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019 | Danya Elsayed

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February 20th is a day designated by the United Nations (UN) as the Day of Social Justice. The UN is an international organization that unites countries in the shared purpose of promoting human rights through social justice, economic development and peacekeeping. 

This day was created to raise awareness about the importance of equality, peace, and human dignity. To quote the UN Day of Social Justice website, "We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability." If you're interested to know more about what the United Nations is doing to help people around the world, read up on their current projects.

The Toronto Public Library's mission is to "provide free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians".  Our values include equity, diversity and inclusion.


One way to help support social justice is to learn more by reading about it. Here are some books about social justice in Canada:

Indigenous Nationals Canadian CitizensPower and resistance

Early intervention Integration and Inclusions of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada

The Toronto Public Library also offers free programs that cover topics related to social and political issues in Canada.

The On Civil Society series explores current social and political issues through the lenses of democracy, the media, wellness, urbanism, equality, security and more.

Upcoming Events

Women in Politics - How to Get Involved in Toronto: Women Win Toronto will discuss why more women should get involved in politics and how to get involved.


Sustainable Living: Affordable Housing presentation by The Dream Team: The Dream Team will give a talk on their vision of a more equitable society where people who experience mental health and addiction issues are able to live dignified lives by having access to supportive housing.


What's social justice without the knowledge of the law? The law is a very important aspect of living in a fair and just society. Check out our Law at the Library program series that features Toronto lawyers speaking on common legal problems.

Hon. Justice Lloyd Budzinski Speaks: Judge Lloyd Budzinski of the Ontario Court of Justice will discuss our Criminal Justice System and the Administration of Justice in Ontario.


What to Expect in a Civil Lawsuit: Overview of the Legal Process: Lawyer Heather Hui-Litwin will introduce a summary of the civil lawsuit process, beginning with pleadings, the trial itself, and a very brief introduction to what appeals involve.


How are you spending Day of Social Justice? Comment down below!