Zero Discrimination Day


GENEVA, 27 February 2014—UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé launched the Zero Discrimination Day on 27 February with a major event in Beijing.  Events are planned all over the world now for the days leading up to 1 March 2015. Zero Discrimination Day is a call to people everywhere to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity—no matter what they look like or where they come from. The symbol for Zero Discrimination is the butterfly, widely recognized as a sign of transformation

More than 65 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, discrimination still scars our societies. It provokes prejudice, limits the life chances of millions of people and may cause abuse and violence.
Whole communities suffer when discrimination goes unchallenged. Limiting the chances of girls and young women to get a proper education harms not only individual life chances but prevents societies benefiting from a deeper pool of talent.

Discriminating against people on the basis of their race creates individual suffering and weakens social cohesion. Stigmatizing people living with HIV discourages people from getting tested and receiving life-saving health care and treatment. There are many ways we can counter discrimination and encourage tolerance and compassion: speaking up when something is wrong; raising awareness; supporting people who have been discriminated against; and promoting the benefits of diversity.