WEEKLY HOT TOPIC: Global Zero Discrimination Day | Children's Radio Foundation

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March 1st was Zero Discrimination Day, reminding us all that stigma and discrimination still affect many communities around the world.

Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the UN and other international organisations. On the UNAIDS website it states: ‘No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason.’ Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.

Zero discrimination is an integral part of UNAIDS’ vision, and this year the focus was for zero discrimination in health-care settings. ‘The right to health is a fundamental human right that includes access to affordable, timely and quality health-care services for all, yet discrimination remains widespread in health-care settings, creating a serious barrier to access to HIV services.’

Anitha Andreas shares her opinion in this video we created with the International AIDS Society last year. Anitha is a sex worker, human rights defender and HIV educator with the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) in Cape Town, South Africa. She says: “We are all human beings…There is no reason to judge just because someone is a sex worker.”

Find out more by watching this video.

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