Many countries across the globe observe Zero Discrimination Day on March 1 annually to promote and practice equality. The main aim behind celebrating this day is to eradicate inequalities and to highlight the urgent need to take action against differential treatment on the basis ofincome, age, gender, colour, race, occupation, religion and other factors. The day was launched by UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe on February 27, 2014, and was first observed on March 1, 2014. Here is all you need to know about the day.
Inequality is growing rapidly in the world. According to UNAIDS, inequality is increasing for more than 70 percent of the total global population exacerbating the risk of division and is affecting economic and social development. UNAIDS says that because of structural inequalities, the world is not able to focus on delivering the commitment to end AIDS by 2030.
All the countries had in the year 2015 pledged to reduce inequality between and within countries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Butstill, there is a lot more work left to be done in this regard to ensure the complete eradication of inequalities among the people.
A butterfly has been used as the symbol for Zero Discrimination Day and is widely used on social media platforms by people to share their stories, idea, photos, etc to end discrimination.
What you can do?
On Monday, March 1, people are asked to share and show lighton inequalities they see around themselves by simply addressing them on social media or any other medium.People can even use and share videos and infographics by UNAIDS to educate and inform their friends and family about the importance of Zero Discrimination Day.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, most of the vulnerable people have been hit the hardest. Even after the effective usage of vaccines, there are several economically backward countries where the availability of the vaccines remains uncertain. Unfortunately, all this is increasing the risk of division and is also hampering economic and social development.