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Rhythm-A-Day Blog for February 20, 2020: World Day of Social Justice

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World Day of Social Justice

In 2007, the United Nations recognized the need to work towards greater social justice by creating this World Day of Social Justice. You can see the full United Nations resolution HERE; here are a couple excerpts. The UN recognized:

"that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that, in turn, social development and social justice cannot be attained in the absence of peace and security or in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms; . . . the need to consolidate further the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication and in promoting full employment and decent work, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all . . ." 

United Nations Flags - cropped

The Allée des Nations in front of the Palace of Nations (United Nations Office at Geneva).

In 2020, the theme is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.”

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality, or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

The United Nations Secretariat Building

To celebrate this day and honor commitment to these ideals, we are going to play phrases from a Guinean rhythm for a Mask who represents Justice.

Mamady Keita teaches us that Kakilambe is an important mask of the Baga people who appears only annually. He is a protector against evil spirits and makes prophetic revelations through a priest/interpreter about both present and future. He also ensures Justice in the village, resolving disputes and informing people what rituals or sacrifices they must make to stay in balance with the spirits and the natural world.

Today's Video Lesson


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