Why Zero Discrimination Day (ZDD) is celebrated?
ZDD is celebrated to make people aware of the discrimination that our large population are facing. It aims to bring people together and celebrate everyone’s right to live a productive life with dignity.
This day helps in bringing positive changes in society, a society leading towards zero discrimination. It also promotes inclusion, compassion and peace.
Most of the wars that happened in history were directly or indirectly due to discrimination. We may have failed to eliminate discrimination from this world but we have succeeded in diminishing it.
Zero Discrimination Day Theme
The theme for Zero Discrimination Day 2021 is “Zero Discrimination Against Women and Girls“.
Zero Discrimination Day Quotes
Quotes about Discrimination on the basis of Gender:
We have to attack cultural norms at the roots. The real impact every single person has in their hands is teaching children and all people around us on why gender equality is really important.
“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” -Emma Watson
“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all kinds of oppression.” -Nelson Mandela
Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight.
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half its citizens.” -Michelle Obama
Gender parity is not just good for women, it’s good for societies.
“Gender equality, historically has been predominantly a women’s movement for women. But I think the impact of gender inequality and how it’s affecting men hasn’t really been addressed.” -Emma Watson
Any society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge disadvantage in the modern world.
“I raise my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” -Malala Yousafzai
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.
Quotes about discrimination in the work place:
Work where you’re continuously accepted, respected, appreciated, encouraged, inspired, empowered, and valued.
It must be clear to everyone that creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace is a priority.
Diversity and inclusion are about giving value to every human being, no matter our differences.
Never doubt that small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Quotes about discrimination on the basis of religion:
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Quotes about discrimination on the basis of skin colour:
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” -Nelson Mandela
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King
Do not judge me by my skin colour, my hair colour, my body size and my outer beauty. If you do, you will miss entirely who I am.
I can not, and will never judge, by what my eyes may see. For the skin on a man shall not reveal his true identity.
Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by colour.
Quotes About Racism:
We must take part in efforts to reduce the deadly discrimination and racism that is an unstaunched wound in our national fabric.
In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.
To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.
Racism is something that people can transcend through friendship.
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for that they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
How to celebrate Zero Discrimination Day in Schools?
ZDD can be celebrated in schools in the following ways:
- Conduct a poster making competition among students regarding this event.
- Teach the students about history and types of discrimination and how to react to discrimination.
- Make the students pledge to never discriminate against anyone.
- Make students listen to stories regarding discrimination.
- Teach students what to do if they are witnessing any type of bully or harassment.
- Discrimination can be confusing to talk about. Teachers should make a friendly relation with students so that they don’t hesitate to talk.
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