Today is World Day of Social Justice and the theme for 2020, according to the UN, is "closing the inequalities gap to achieve social injustice." World Day of Social Justice is all about recognising the need to promote social justice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights and social protections.

This day is important to Lepra, as part of our mission is to fight against the poverty and prejudice that is associated with Leprosy. One case study that illustrates the importance of social justice is Krishna’s story. Krishna is a 55-year old man who lives in a leprosy colony and has a daily struggle for social justice.

Krishna’s leprosy diagnosis has caused him to live an isolated life in poverty, as no one would buy milk from his cows due to their prejudice against leprosy. Even his family forced him to live away in a leprosy colony, where he was left unemployed and forced to beg as he lived a life of poverty due to the lack of social protection. Even after Krishna married and had children, he still suffered from depression and even contemplated suicide due to the social injustices he faces in his everyday life. Unfortunately, Krishna’s story is not exceptional and millions of people suffer social injustice every day, with the UN estimating 1 in 5 workers live in moderate or extreme poverty.

Krishna himself has worked to alleviate the suffering of others by sending at least 2 people a month to a Lepra referral centre, but more needs to be done.

World Day of Social Justice is an important day for recognising the struggles many people across the world face in their lives and the need to do more to help these people.

Lepra recognises that those that suffer from Leprosy will often suffer from a lack of social justice and is committed to combating social injustice.