February 20, 2014

Today is World Social Justice Day…

Today is World Social Justice Day…

006by Sophia Tesfamariam | Social justice means narrowing the gap between the haves and have-nots, ensuring that all people have their fair share of the national wealth, and can participate in the political, social and cultural life of the country, to creating balanced development, respecting’ human rights, and advancing democracy. To be meaningful and have a stable foundation, political democracy must be accompanied by economic and social democracy.

As in the past, Eritreans are convinced that in the absence of justice, neither stability nor, prosperity are attainable. Thus, in order to, motivate the people of Eritrea to strive for social justice and development with all their might, we should not limit ourselves to talking and teaching about social justice. The movement must provide the most oppressed sections of our society with the means to participate in planning a better future, as a matter of priority.

In economic terms, social justice means:

o Narrowing the gap in economic opportunities and wealth between the
rich and the poor, between the haves and have-nots, to ensure equitable
distribution of national wealth among all citizens.

o Narrowing the development gap between rural and urban areas,
between the center and periphery and ensuring balanced and fair
distribution of economic development in the whole country of people’s
needs.

o Creating conditions, which enable people to reap the fruits of their
labor, improve their living standards through work, and honor work.

o Ensuring public participation at community and national levels in
decisions on economic affairs and enabling the oppressed and
voiceless majority to have a voice.

o Economic democracy means development of the people, by the people
and for the people.

Social justice is not a hindrance to economic growth. By ensuring effective participation of the people, it accelerates and converts economic growth into real development…(PFDJ NATIONAL CHARTER-Adopted by the 3rd Congress of the EPLF/PFDJ Naqfa, February 10-16, 1994)

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