CourtHeath’s Eleanor Doig recorded the above video in Geneva for Zero Discrimination Day 2016.
Discrimination is prejudicial treatment based on factors such as gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age. This prejudicial treatment can lead to people experiencing rejection and exclusion.
“Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged”.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On the 1st of March, the international Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated. A relatively new international day, it began in 2014 when it was launched by the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. The idea behind this occasion is to celebrate diversity and loudly and clearly reject discrimination. It is a chance to encourage compassion and tolerance.
Last year, some events organised in the context of Zero Discrimination Day were photo exhibitions in China, film screenings in Nepal, concerts in Madagascar, a storytelling event for children in Mongolia, and dancing in Gabon. Seminars to discuss issues relating to discrimination took place in over 20 countries.
This year’s theme is stand out – it is about encouraging people to celebrate their individuality and embrace their diverse talent and skills so that societies around the world can be enriched. Zero Discrimination Day invites everyone to be part of the transformation of society, and the symbol of a butterfly represents this notion of transformation.
More information on this occasion can be found here.