Guyana joins the rest of the world today in observing Zero Discrimination Day under the theme “Stand out for fair and just societies.”
Organisations such as the United Nations (UN) actively promote the day with various activities to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour, height, weight, profession, education, and beliefs.
The symbol of Zero Discrimination Day
Many countries proclaim laws against discrimination but it’s still a problem in certain layers of society in every country. Many have and still use discrimination as a way of governing.
The symbol for Zero Discrimination Day is the butterfly, widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation.
UNICEF in collaboration with the World Health Organization Global Health Workforce Alliance is also seeking to develop a plan in ending discrimination worldwide. This venture would be done by removing obstacles that prevent access to health care facilities, which would allow individuals to benefit from all treatments made available to the public.
This gives individuals a chance to observe diversity and traditions, while promoting tolerance.
Combating discrimination helps in strengthening communities and enriching societies with skills and talents. Diversity helps in reformation of social cohesion around the world.
Zero Discrimination Day gives citizens around the world an opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to live a productive life with dignity. Individuals should never be discriminated despite their gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or disability.
By uniting hearts and hands individuals, communities and societies can transform the world, and stand out fair and just societies.
Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged. This Zero Discrimination Day, by joining our voices together, we can be part of a resounding call for compassion, tolerance and peace that cannot be ignored.