Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the UN and other international organizations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all of the member countries of the UN. The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27 February of that year with a major event in Beijing.
In February 2017, UNAIDS called on people to ‘make some noise around zero discrimination, to speak up and prevent discrimination from standing in the way of achieving ambitions, goals and dreams. The day is particularly noted by organizations like UNAIDS that combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. “HIV related stigma and discrimination is pervasive and exists in almost every part of the world.
Envision Global Care Foundation as a humanitarian NGO is committed to playing our roles in making sure there exist zero level of discrimination to the less privileged, vulnerable and displaced persons knowing fully well that they are part of the society and should be motivated, advocated for and properly re-integrated back into the society as an integral part of it as we fulfil our mission to spread awareness on the issues faced by IDPs (including stigmatization).
We say zero Discrimination against girl child education, better and improved health services, people living with HIV/AIDS and most especially displaced children, women in IDP’s and so on. We implore individuals, organizations and government to support the movement for zero discrimination and should pass strategic laws to protect these ones. Furthermore, official government websites should contain clearly visible information of eligibility criteria for IDPs. There need to be links to online resources for IDPs, such as: information on outreach centers, housing options, guidelines for finding jobs, related resources and programs. Information on IDPs’ issues should also be regularly covered by print and digital media. Let’s support this movement as we jointly say a bold NO to discrimination of any sort.
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