Fighting Back Against Discrimination



zerodiscriminationdayOn March 1, 2015, the second Zero Discrimination Day will be observed. Its inaugural celebration was in 2014, when it was launched with the goal of eliminating all forms of discrimination worldwide. It fights against all forms of discrimination, including (but not limited to) race, gender, age, sex, and health status. Many humanitarian organizations work towards ensuring life with dignity, as it is considered to be a human right. Projects and programs carried out by UNAIDS have shown that discrimination can be overcome, which acted as the spark for the creation of an entire day devoted to the elimination of discrimination.

However, there are still many barriers for people who are HIV-positive. As a result, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, launched Zero Discrimination Day. On the first Zero Discrimination Day, official events were held in Beijing, China. As part of the event, more than 30 businesses came forward and promised that they would ensure that discriminated would never be practiced in their workplaces.

The day is intended as a “call to people everywhere to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity.”[1] It is supplemented by the #zerodiscriminationday campaign, which was launched by UNAIDS near the end of 2013. It works towards eliminating discrimination every day of the year. It culminates, however, on March 1, when organizations around the world draw attention and support for the cause. Photos from around the world are posted here and show people in solidarity supporting the end of all types of discrimination.

The campaign often uses a butterfly because it symbolizes transformation, and the goal of the campaign is to transform society so that discrimination no longer exists. Discrimination is seen as a violation of human rights, and therefore needs to cease to exist in all aspects of life.


More information on the campaign is here and here.






Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth is a writer currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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