World Zero Discrimination Day

‘’We will not achieve our vision for health or realize any of the Sustainable Development Goals if we do not confront discrimination.” Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director.

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason.

Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do. Discrimination will not disappear without actively addressing the ignorance, practices and beliefs that fuel it.Ending discrimination requires action from everyone. 

Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to highlight how everyone can be a part of the transformation and take a stand towards a more fair and just society.

Discrimination is often based on misinformation or fear of the unknown. By looking at people in everyday situations, this year’s campaign challenges people to recognize where discrimination is taking place and to take action to stop it. Everyone has the right to enjoy a safe and nurturing environment. Everyone has the right to good health care. Everyone has the right to love who they love.

The campaign challenges people to inform themselves about discrimination by taking a quiz and sharing it with friends and family. We can all challenge discrimination and spread the knowledge.

Ending discrimination is the right thing to do. It is good for our communities, good for the economy and good for the future.
This year’s Zero Discrimination Day campaign highlights everyday situations where discrimination occurs. It invites people to ask themselves “What if …” and to reflect upon their own actions.

> What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy her food?
> What if your neighbor had tuberculosis? Would you stop to chat?
> What if your child’s friend was living with HIV? Would you let them play together?
> What if your neighbour had a different religion from you? Would you still welcome her into your home?

By reflecting on what if--questions, we shall realize that our own actions and so dangerous to life of others. Please let say big NO to discrimination and spread the word

By Peter Garang Ngor

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