1 March: Zero Discrimination Day
Zero Discrimination Day was observed across the world on 1 March 2016. The day was observed with the theme - Stand Out.
Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to join together against discrimination and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity. It calls for fair and just societies and urges people to value, embrace diversity and recognize the diverse set of talents and skills that each person brings.
On the day, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response today called on the international community to celebrate individuality stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the world.
However, discrimination remains widespread – gender, nationality, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion can all unfortunately be the basis for some form of discrimination, the agency says. In only four out of 10 countries worldwide do equal numbers of girls and boys attend secondary school and 75 countries have laws that criminalize same-sex sexual relations.
UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013, which picks up momentum with a Zero Discrimination Day on 1 March 2014. UNAIDS chose the butterfly as its transformative symbol.
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When: 1 March 2016