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Social Justice, the Digital Economy, and COVID-19


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Today February 20, The United Nations and its member states celebrate World Social Justice Day.

What do we mean by Social Justice?

Fair and equal in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.

The resolution was adopted by the General Assembly on 26 November 2007 and declared that starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, February 20 2008 will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice; with a commitment to promote national and global economic systems based on the principles of justice, equity, democracy, participation, transparency, accountability, and inclusion.

The 2021 theme is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy.”

In the context of COVID-19, the theme looks at fairness, worker rights, and opportunities surrounding the operation of businesses big and small within the Digital space.

In the UN’s statement on the theme it stated, “While digital labour platforms provide workers with income-generating opportunities and benefits from flexible work arrangements, including for women, persons with disabilities, young people, and migrant workers, they also present some challenges. For workers, these relate to the regularity of work and income, their rights to fair working conditions, social protection and adequate standard of living, skills utilization, and the right to form or join trade unions. Monitoring practices and workplace surveillance, are also a growing concern. Consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are exposing the risks and inequalities of workers engaged in location-based platforms.”


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