The respect for Human Rights and democratic principles lays the foundation for social justice in our society. When human rights are respected, there is social justice in all sectors in our society including economic, political and sociocultural entities. The very foundation of human rights emanates from our cultural norms and traditions which in other words equals to how we see social justice in our different ways. The social justice complement the respect for human dignity as well as the culture of democracy.
Because mankind has refused to uphold values of human dignity based on ethnicity, gender, power etc. there is need for stakeholders to establish norms/policies or instruments which can encourage institutions and individuals to practice social justice in all its form. The existence of social injustice is not a coincidence but it is systematic and grows among humans as a culture which is negative in its outcome.
The most prominent social injustice in our today’s society is gender inequality which is deeply rooted into our cultures and traditions from time immemorial. Though with efforts ranging from national to international mechanisms to addressed and limit the level of social injustice emanating from gender differences, this phenomenon is still at the pick. Such efforts include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN Agenda 2030), UNSCR 1325 and a host of others.
The World Social Justice Day celebrated annually on the 20th of February is one of the global mechanism recognized by the United Nations to sensitized and advocate for social justice. This day is aim at encouraging stakeholders to initiate the culture of social justice in their respective communities.
On the 20th of February 2020, the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa organized the workshop which draws together more than fifty Civil Society Organization leaders in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. This workshop was characterized by series of presentation from outstanding activists including Mrs. Violet Fokum the Executive Director for CHRDA, Mrs. Marie Abunaw Kwamu Nana, Mr. Benjamin Tonga and Mrs. Quinta Fon. With the theme “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”, most of the presentation were gender oriented as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other national and international apparatus were discussed. The theme for this year corroborates the fact that social injustice is mostly based on sexual characteristic in one way or the other as women and girls are the most affected victims of social injustice.
The rights of women and girls are economically, politically or socially violated at most because of traditions, norms or cultural heritage and in most instances stereotypes in our societies. This violations perpetrated against women and girls has leave a lacuna in social justice that stakeholders need to complete through sensitization and advocacy towards the enhancement of genuine policies.
During the event, CHRDA and a host of other Civil Society Organizations came up with a gentle idea to form a women rights oriented networking coalition with the aim of pursuing pathways to a safe space for all. This will strengthened the Civil Society Voices in decision making both at the national and international level when it comes to matters relating women’s rights in general.
The corner stone for this initiative will be “Generation Equality” in other words realizing women’s rights for an equal future which was initiated during the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
As a result, the Networking members will embarked on a journey towards advocating for a safe space for all including women and girls. Thus, social justice will be attain if human rights are respected and when gender equality is realized in all opportunities
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