Zero Discrimination Day, International Women’s Day, Eliminate Racial Discrimination, Remember the Victims of Slavery. These are the days in March 2019 that provide an opportunity to reflect, learn more, take action.
Zero Discrimination Day
On Zero Discrimination Day this year, UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action against discriminatory laws.
In many countries, laws result in people being treated differently, excluded from essential services or being subject to undue restrictions on how they live their lives, simply because of who they are.
Such laws are discriminatory—they deny human rights and fundamental freedoms. Take the quiz to test your knowledge of discrimination around the world.
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2019 theme "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change" focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
2019 Theme for this International Day is: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.