World Zero Discrimination Day 2015
The support garnered for Zero Discrimination Day has created a global movement of solidarity to end discrimination, which remains widespread. On 1st March, zero discrimination Day, people from all corners of the world will unite under the theme of open up, reach out in order to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms.
Discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Millions of women and girls in every region of the world experience violence and abuse and are unable to exercise their rights or gain access to health-care services. Discrimination at work, school and health-care and other settings reduces people’s ability to participate fully and meaningfully in societies and provide and care for themselves and their families.
“Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Everyone has the right to live with respect and dignity.” For this year’s Zero Discrimination Day people have been invited to open up, Reach out, using social media channels to tell the world what zero discrimination means to them. People have shared songs, poems, thoughts and activities inspired the butterfly, the transformative symbol of the campaign. People are also calling upon to urge their government to make great efforts to realize and protect human rights and eliminate discrimination.
At Green Cameroon, we share the same vision with the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé who said “Some of the world’s most challenging problems can be solved simply by eliminating stigma and discrimination.” As Green Cameroon joins the rest of the world to collectively strive for a fairer world we can be encouraged by the enthusiasm for achieving zero discrimination.
“May tragedy never befall us. But if it does, may our tragedy be sexy enough for a hash tag.” Happy Zero Discrimination Day