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Zero Discrimination Day

March 1 is Zero Discrimination Day, an annual worldwide event that promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts.

Woman's hand holding a butterfly.
The butterfly is the symbol for Zero Discrimination Day.

Celebrate Zero Discrimination Day

Organizations like the United Nations (UN) actively promote the day with various activities to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, height, weight, profession, education, and beliefs.

Many countries have laws against discrimination but it's still a problem in all layers of society in every country in the world. Many countries have and still use discrimination as a way of governing.

The symbol for Zero Discrimination Day is the butterfly, widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation.

What's Open or Closed?

Zero Discrimination Day is a global observance and not a public holiday so it's business as usual.

About Zero Discrimination Day

The UN first celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014, after UNAIDS, a UN program on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.

Zero Discrimination Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatMar 12014Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
SunMar 12015Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
TueMar 12016Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
WedMar 12017Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
ThuMar 12018Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
FriMar 12019Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
SunMar 12020Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

Discrimination Day highlights the negative impacts of discrimination and promotes tolerance, compassion and peace.

Zero Discrimination Day 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Zero Discrimination Day 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Name in other languages

Zero Discrimination DayEnglish
El Día de la Cero DiscriminaciónSpanish
אפס אפליית יוםHebrew
الصفر التمييزArabic
제로 차별의 날Korean

List of dates for other years

World Holiday on March 1, 2018

Fun Holidays on March 1, 2018

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