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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.
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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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2014SatMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2015SunMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2016TueMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2017WedMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2018ThuMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2019FriMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance
2020SunMar 1Zero Discrimination DayUnited Nations observance

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