Zero Discrimination Day to be observed today

Published: March 1, 2014

Pakistan joins countries around the world to celebrate ‘Zero Discrimination Day’ for the first time on March 1, 2014. The day is an opportunity for people everywhere to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity-no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
UNAIDS Country Office for Pakistan and Afghanistan in collaboration with the United Nation Information Centre have launched the campaign in Pakistan to build up support towards Zero Discrimination.
Some 105 advocates representing affected communities, youth, Government officials, media, Member States and the United Nations are actively supporting the campaign in Pakistan by sharing their image with the butterfly, the transformative symbol for zero discrimination.
Ending discrimination of all kinds is a key component of the UNAIDS’ vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Yet today, too many people around the world continue to face unequal access to treatment, prevention services, support and care because of their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or identity, disability, gender or age.
Discrimination is not only a violation of human rights—it is illegal, immoral, hurtful and dehumanising. Discrimination can happen anywhere: at work, at school, at home, in health care setting and in the community. Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals or groups of people-it hurts everyone.
“Discrimination is against human rights and I will stand for Zero Discrimination in support of human rights” said Marc Saba, UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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