Zero Discrimination Day: Let’s do our part

Almost 80 countries have laws that criminalize same-sex marriages.

Seventy percent of the people in the United Kingdom with national minimum wage jobs are women.

Sixty-four percent of workers in the United States say they have seen or witnessed age discrimination in the workplace.

Globally, more than 10 percent of women and 23 percent of men living with a disability reported not returning to seek health care because they were treated poorly.

These are just a few of the numbers reported by the UNAIDS and every year on March, the United Nation’s main objective is to help free our world of discrimination by involving global communities in Zero Discrimination Day. Everyday, people all over the world are affected by discrimination by those who see them as less and treat them accordingly.

Growing up, we are all told, ”Everyone is equal,” although, for many, this statement is foreign. Discrimination is a practice that at times, keeps people from opportunities others may receive solely due to the fact they were born into or out of a certain culture. Discrimination comes in many forms including racism, sexism, as well as ageism. According to the U.N.’s website, in America alone, more than 60 percent of workers have experienced or seen age discrimination in the workplace.

Zero Discrimination Day was created by the U.N. in the hope that it would raise awareness on discrimination and illustrate to people how much of a negative impact discrimination can have on society. It is a day in which people promote diversity and embrace people’s differences with open arms.

Not only does discrimination hurt people individually, but it can also damage communities. With less diverse communities, people begin to develop fear and anger towards others who are different, which causes a rift within communities and neighborhoods.  One way to decrease discrimination is to show people that you don’t necessarily have to love what makes someone different, but one should show some willingness understand and perhaps accept it.

Any kind of discrimination is wrong, and to end it we must all do our part. It is something that you can battle wherever you are as long as you are willing to make your voice heard.

Here are ways you can get involved.

So do your part this year, join the fight to live freely, and stop discrimination.

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