Zero Discrimination Day: Fighting for a More Inclusive World
Monika Ezenarro, Academic Tutor and Quality Manager, IMH
Discrimination can come in many forms, from racism and sexism to ableism and homophobia. It is a generalised problem that affects people from all walks of life, and it can have serious consequences for individuals, communities, and society. That is why Zero Discrimination Day is so important: it is a day dedicated to raising awareness about discrimination and promoting a more inclusive world.
Zero Discrimination Day is observed on March 1st each year. The United Nations first established it in 2014 as a way to celebrate diversity and promote tolerance. The day is an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which discrimination affects people’s lives and to take action to combat it.
The theme for Zero Discrimination Day is “End Inequalities: Act for Zero Discrimination.” This theme reflects the urgent need to address the inequalities that persist in our society and the importance of taking action to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. One of the most important aspects of Zero Discrimination Day is its focus on education. Education is a powerful tool for combating discrimination because it helps to dispel stereotypes and promote understanding. By educating people about the experiences of marginalized persons, we can help to create a more inclusive world. In this regard, many animation studios have created short films to educate children outside the boundaries of discrimination.
Another key aspect of Zero Discrimination Day is its emphasis on solidarity. Discrimination often divides people and creates tension between different groups. By standing in solidarity with those who are discriminated against, we can help to break down these divisions and build a more united and inclusive society.
Promoting equality is also essential to creating a more inclusive world. This includes ensuring equal access to education, employment, and public services, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Each of us can make a difference and fight against discrimination. One of the simplest ways is to speak out against discrimination whenever you see it. This could mean calling out offensive language or behaviour, or simply showing support for someone targeted. It is also important to educate yourself about the different forms of discrimination and the experiences of those affected by it.
Another way to get involved is to support organizations that are working to end discrimination. There are many groups dedicated to promoting inclusion and fighting discrimination, and they can always use more support. Whether you donate money or volunteer your time, you can make a difference in the lives of affected people by discrimination.
Finally, it is important to remember that ending discrimination is a long-term project. It will require sustained effort and a commitment to making lasting change. Nevertheless, by working together and standing in solidarity, we can create a world that is more inclusive and more just.
Therefore, Zero Discrimination Day is an important reminder of the need to fight against discrimination in all its forms. By raising awareness, promoting education, and standing in solidarity, we can work together to create a more inclusive world. Let us all join hands and work together to end inequalities and create a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
The YML Network is close to the fight against discrimination, and created a ‘Gender balance and inclusion toolkit’. University College Dublin led on the creation and delivery of the toolkit, with guidance and input from all partners in the YML consortium. The toolkit was designed to provide information about best practices in terms of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies and how to employ them.