By Nyasha Mutena
Zimbabwe joined the rest of World in denouncing all forms of discrimination, yesterday, 1 March.
Zero Discrimination Day is observed annually by many countries across the globe on March 1 to promote equality in practice and before the law. The purpose of the day is to eradicate inequalities in income, age, sex, health status, colour, race, occupation, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and gender.
This year’s commemorations are dedicated to taking action to end the inequalities surrounding in sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, and religion that continue to persist around the world.
The United Nations (UN) agencies, Member States and other international institutions join together to end all forms of discrimination and reduce inequalities so as to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make the planet better for all.
UN first observed the Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014 after UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day to combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.
According to a report on the UN’s official website, this day was first observed in 2014 and was launched by UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe on February 27 of that year and was inaugurated at a UN event which was conducted in Beijing.
On Zero Discrimination Day, the right of everyone to live a full and productive life and living it with dignity is celebrated. The day also highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace, and, above all, a movement for change.