Zero Discrimination Day is observed on March 1 every year to combat discrimination of all forms.
Observed on: March 1
Organized by: UN, UNAIDS
Introduced in: 2014 (First Observation)
About Zero Discrimination Day
Zero discrimination day promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts. This aims to combat all forms of discrimination.
The first of this observation was celebrated by UN on March 1, 2014, after UNAIDS (a UN program on HIV and AIDS) launches its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.
Butterfly is used as the symbol for the observation of this day. It is used because butterfly is widely recognized as a sign of transformation.
The aim of this day is to encourage all members of the international community to unite under the banner of diversity and celebrate each other’s difference in an authoritative rejection of discrimination in all its forms.
This day is observed to draw attention to the millions who still suffer from social and economic exclusion due to prejudice and intolerance. This day welcomes diversity in all its forms reinforces social cohesion and brings valuable benefits to societies around the world.
Activities and Programs on the Day
There are many activities or programs organized on this day to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, height, weight, profession, education, belief, disability, illness, etc.
People expresses and celebrate this day through drawings, pictures, audio and video.
Theme for Zero Discrimination Day
Zero Discrimination Day 2021 Theme is “End Inequalities“
Zero Discrimination Day 2020 Theme was “Zero Discrimination against Women and Girls“
2019 Theme was “Act to change laws that Discriminate”
2018 Theme: What if …
2017 Theme: Make Some Noise
2016 Theme: Stand Out for Zero Discrimination
2015 Theme: Open Up, Reach Out
2014 Theme: Join the Transformation