Zero AIDS Discrimination Day launched on March 1
For the first time, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched its Zero Discrimination Day on March 1 in Beijing, China, to support those who are infected by HIV/AIDS.
About Zero Discrimination Day 2014
Motto: To call the people everywhere to promote equal rights for AIDS victims 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.
- Transformative Symbol: Butterfly.
- Vision: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
- An initiative of UNAIDS advocate and Nobel laureate Ms. Daw Aung Suu Kyi.
- Offers an unprecedented opportunity for raising awareness; for speaking up to support people who have been discriminated against; for promoting diversity; and for becoming champions of tolerance, compassion and peace.
- Discrimination against HIV/AIDS victims is a serious barrier preventing the provision of equal services.
Note: Discrimination is not only a violation of human rights, it is illegal, immoral, hurtful and dehumanizing. Discrimination can happen anywhere: at work, at school, at home, at the health facility and in the community. Discrimination doesn’t just hurt individuals or groups of people, it hurts everyone.