Zero Discrimination Day is observed on March. It aims to address the issue of discrimination faced by people across the world and promote equality before law throughout all member countries of the UN. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Act to change laws that Discriminate’.
This Zero Discrimination Day campaign encourages people to ask themselves “What if …” and to think about their own actions. For example: ‘What if your neighbour had tuberculosis? Would you stop to chat?’ You can support the day and its caused by tweeting using the hashtag #zerodiscrimination.
Zero Discrimination Day was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on February 27, 2014, with a major event in Beijing. It was celebrated for the first time on March 1 the same year. The day points at countries that treat certain sections of people differently, excluding them from different services by implying various restrictions on them.
The discrimination could be based on their sexual preference, a disability, health issue or disease. The day’s aims to tell people that nobody should be differentiated based on their HIV status, age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, geographical location or migrant status.
As we mark zero discrimination day today lets ask ourselves if we have been fair to persons with disability. I wonder how many footbridges in the country are disability friendly. Its so sad to see people behave unfriendly to you just because you are from a different tribe.
It is time we appreciate,accept and live happily and peacefully with people irrespective of who they are, where they come from, their colour, height,employment status, education, wealth,medical among others.