Life is not easy, but for some people, it poses more challenges than for others. These challenges can come in the form of injustices, discrimination, and violence among others. Hence, we must dedicate days like Zero Discrimination Day towards the same, to initiate conversations around them.
What Is Zero Discrimination Day?
Zero Discrimination Day is observed annually on 1st March by the United Nations and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV & AIDS (UNAIDS) to celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life with dignity and equality before the law and in practice.
The movement seeks to promote inclusion, peace, and compassion globally, ending all forms of discrimination.
The UN had first celebrated it on 1 March 2014 after UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.
The symbol for Zero Discrimination Day is a butterfly. It is widely used on social media platforms by people to share their stories, ideas, and photos to end discrimination.
The theme this year is to take action towards the path of ending inequalities that continue to persist in the modern world.
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How Can You Observe Zero Discrimination Day?
People can share their personal experiences or shed light on inequalities they see around themselves by simply addressing them on social media.
People can even use the videos and infographics created by UNAIDS to raise awareness and educate other people about the importance of this day.
#ZeroDiscriminationDay has been trending on Twitter and people from different walks of life have raised their voices against the various forms of inequalities they wish to eradicate.
What Is The Significance Of Zero Discrimination Day?
According to UNAIDS “Inequality is growing for more than 70% of the global population, exacerbating the risk of division and hampering economic and social development.”
Moreover, 2020 has been one of the toughest years for the world population as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit the most vulnerable people the hardest. Even after a lot of countries have succeeded in making effective vaccines, its availability in economically backward countries remains uncertain.
Therefore, the significance of days like Zero Discrimination Day rises tenfolds since humanity will have to work harder to fill in the gaps of inequality that the pandemic has increased.
Besides, one cannot emphasize enough how much representation matters. It helps individuals to overcome the problems that come in the way of their self-acceptance.
Zero Discrimination is about all the inequalities and forms of discrimination one faces in society, but most importantly, it is about representation.
In the year 2020, the theme of the Zero Discrimination Day was challenges faced by women and girls in all their diversity, including women living with HIV, sex workers, discrimination based on income, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
We must provide individuals with the platform and agency through which they lead a life of dignity.
How will you observe Zero Discrimination Day? Let us know in the comment section.
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