1 March: Zero Discrimination Day
The Zero Discrimination Day was observed across the globe on March 1, 2018, urging people to embrace diversity and recognize the diverse set of talents and skills that each person brings.
This year, the UNAIDS advocates that there should not be any discrimination among people on the basis of their age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, health status (including HIV), geographical location, economic status or for any other reason.
The Day highlights the role of society at large in transforming the way people are looked upon. It calls for a more fair and just society.
About Zero Discrimination Day
• The United Nations first celebrated the Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March 2014.
• The Day was observed after UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.
• The UNAIDS is a UN program on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
• It seeks to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Since its launch in 1996, UNAIDS has been providing the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support to deliver life-saving HIV services.