Zero Discrimination Day 2020 - Swikriti's Blog

Zero Discrimination Day 2020

“Racism, prejudice and discrimination are unexplainable collective stupidity”

Each country benefits from racial and ethnic diversity, which has a beneficial impact on the country’s society, but when it experiences discrimination, it becomes a major obstacle to nation creation and growth. Anyone who is treated on the basis of race, colour, sex, ethnicity, age and disability with less courtesy and respect is deemed to be discriminated.

Discrimination still exists in our society, despite several laws to protect rights of people. There is a need to raise more awareness and highlight these issues at global level. To fulfill this need, Zero Discrimination Day is observed every year on 1st March. Zero Discrimination Day is a campaign launched by UNAIDS to bring the world closer to Zero Discrimination and to ensure that people can live with dignity.



Today, multiple forms of discrimination on the basis of gender is increasing the risk of economic weakness, exclusion and violence against women or girls. Gender equality is crucial to the achievement of human rights for all.

Objectives of this year campaign is to raise challenges of discrimination against women and girls including women living with HIV, transgender women or sex workers.

Discrimination against women and girls

Women make up the majority of the poorest people in the world and since 1975 the number of women living in rural poverty has risen by 50 per cent. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours and generate half of the world’s food, but they earn only 10% of world income and own less than 1% of world wealth. Despite all these figures Discrimination against women is unimaginably increasing worldwide and in some countries unlike men, women cannot dress as they like, drive, or can’t even work at night.

International human rights law allows women to enjoy their civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights equally.

Situation of Discrimination against girls is more worst in 21st century, several life-threatening practices female infanticide, female genital cutting, and honor killing impacting the lives of millions of girl children . Statistics from the United Nations show that girls have lower rates of literacy, receive less health care and are more often underprivileged than boys.

Gender based abuse (GBV) is the most common violation of human rights in all parts of the world. The well-documented cases of using rape as a war weapon in the Congo, acid attacks on the faces of girls going to school in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s shooting of Pakistani education and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and the recent horrific sexual assaults and hanging of girls and young women in India are the most visible evidence of the systematic violence against women.

Zero Discrimination Day Quotes

  • I believe in a world in which all will grow and bloom.
  • Engaging to free our society from stigma and injustice is not a choice, it is an obligation.
  • There must be no place for hatred of any kind in the 21st century.
  • I raise up my voice not so that i can shout ,but so that those without a voice can be heard.
  • As human beings, our greatest ability is not to change the world but to improve ourselves.
  • Talking ,touching and loving a Discriminated person will only bring affection not discrimination.
  • A person is a person no matter how small.

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