Zero Discrimination Day

The Zero Discrimination Day was observed on March 1, 2022, to fight against the mentality which sparks issues or cases of violence.

Key Facts

  • Discrimination has been prevalent in society, that highlights the underlying glitch in our understanding of humans.
  • Humans have disintegrated ourselves into several categories based on gender identity, class, race, sex, sexual orientation, income, occupation, and disability, etc.

Background

The Zero Discrimination Day was first launched in December 2013, by Michel Sidibe who was the director of UNAIDS.  It was first observed on March 1, 2014. UNAIDS led the way to ease the life of people living with HIV/AIDS who face discrimination because of their ailment.

Zero Discrimination Day in India

In India, the day is backed movement of LGBTQIA+ community, to repeal section 377. Section 377 had decriminalised homosexuality in the country. It was finally repealed in September 2018. However, such cases had emerged before as well, when March 1 was acting as a platform for people to raise their voices against discrimination.

Theme of the day 2022

The theme for Zero Discrimination Day 2022 is ‘Remove Laws That Harm, Create Laws That Empower.’ The theme highlights the ardent need to fight and take action against myriad discriminatory laws across the world, that result in people being treated differently.

Official Symbol of the day

The official symbol representing Zero Discrimination Day is a butterfly.

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