2020 World Day of Social Justice

There are three primary reasons we at Population Connection work toward population stabilization every day:

  1. improved human health and longevity
  2. environmental protection
  3. social justice

The third reason is the focus of this blog post.

The United Nations declared February 20 the World Day of Social Justice when its general assembly passed a resolution on November 26, 2007. This year’s theme is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.”

The 2007 resolution identifies the following (among others) as necessary components to achieving social justice:

  • … full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people…;
  • … respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms; and
  • … broad-based and sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development…

Where does our work fit in with those items? Well, population stabilization isn’t attainable or sustainable without social justice (equal access to education, employment, and reproductive freedom), and social justice isn’t attainable without zero population growth. As long as rapid population growth surges on, marginalized people will continue to be left behind and their rights will continue to be overlooked.

Despite the greed exhibited and the self-interested policies imposed by many of the most privileged people in power, it’s actually better for everyone when equity, inclusion, and a commitment to human rights are prioritized. Crime goes down, communicable diseases are better controlled, health care costs decline, and the natural environment on which we all depend stays cleaner and more productive.

Going back to the theme of this year’s World Day of Social Justice, the inequalities gap is the crux of the challenge. We live in a world where 26 people have as much wealth as the 3.8 billion people with the least wealth. And although the number of people living in extreme poverty has been declining in recent years, 10 percent of people continue to live below the poverty line ($1.90 per day), struggling (and often failing) to survive. Millions of people, based on where they live and how little money they have, lack effective means to plan their pregnancies, and end up risking their lives to continue—or end—those pregnancies. The babies born as a result of these unintended pregnancies prevent parents from focusing more attention and resources on fewer children. This cycle continues when those babies grow up to be children, teens, and then adults in the same low-resource, same massively unequal settings.

Let’s commit to closing all types of inequalities gaps—health, education, employment, and wealth—on this World Day of Social Justice.

One thought on “2020 World Day of Social Justice

  1. Dear Lisa,

    I hope this email finds you all well. My name is Erika Arias, and I am the Co-Host and Co-Producer of The Overpopulation Podcast. I am reaching out to you as we prepare a part 2 episode on bridging the gap between social justice, population, and environmental sustainability. I want to invite you to guest star on our podcast to speak more about this piece and subject matter.

    I understand you must be incredibly busy, but your consideration and interest is most appreciated in advance by myself, my co-host, and listeners of the podcast!

    Please feel welcome to visit our website where you can access our episodes and read more about our nonprofit organization. You can also access our episodes on Apple podcasts or Spotify under ‘The Overpopulation Podcast.’



    If you are interested in hearing more, please feel welcome to reply to this email with any questions you might have. If you prefer to schedule a call via Zoom or Skype, this can be arranged as well.

    I very much look forward to hearing back from you!


    Erika M. Arias

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