“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
- Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.
1 March 2015 sees the celebration of Zero Discrimination Day. The day is a chance to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination on a world-wide scale.
There are many ways we can counter discrimination and encourage tolerance and compassion including: speaking up when something is wrong; raising awareness; supporting people who have been discriminated against and promoting the benefits of diversity
It has been over 65 years since the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and yet discrimination is still fundamentally prevalent in our day to day lives around the world, for example:
- In the United Kingdom, approximately 70% of people in National Minimum Wage jobs are women
- Brazilians of African descent are much more likely to be unemployed than white Brazilians, while income for those in work is less than half that of white colleagues
- 64% of workers in the United States of America say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace
While ensuring that our businesses have in place an Equality and Diversity Policy is not going to change the views of the world, it can change the culture of the workplace and ensure that any form of discrimination is not tolerated.