On Monday March 1, we celebrate Zero Discrimination day. A day when the whole world comes together in a bid to end discrimination and inequalities among all peoples. In Ghana, like many other countries, we have various levels of discrimination and stigma for being of a different sex, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion or ethnic group. Discrimination hampers our growth as a nation and infringes on human development and consequently our general well being.
By uniting as a country, we stand a greater chance of improving our individual and collective health and also defeating poverty. Also, there’s a feel-good factor about it.
"On Zero Discrimination Day this year, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world.
Inequality is growing for more than 70% of the global population, exacerbating the risk of division and hampering economic and social development. And COVID-19 is hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest—even as new vaccines against COVID-19 are becoming available, there is great inequality in accessing them. Many have equated this to vaccine apartheid." - UNAIDS
Learn more about Zero Discrimination, inequalities and discrimination as well as how you can make a difference within your community here