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Observance of Zero Discrimination Day in Chennai by ICWO
Satbir Singh Bedi | 12 Mar 2014

Indian Community Welfare Organization(ICWO) a non-profit non governmental social work organization is working for the multiple marginalized communities in specific focus with women and child development for the past 20 years.

The Zero Discrimination Day was initiated by UNAIDS and launched by Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in December 2013. UNAIDS believes that without achieving zero discrimination, it will be impossible to realize zero new HIV infections or zero AIDS-related deaths. Therefore, this campaign encourages us to accept and appreciate all our fellow human beings. The official symbol of the Zero Discrimination campaign is the butterfly, which portrays diversity and transformation.
 
“Zero Discrimination Day is the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
 
By joining hearts and voices, individuals, communities and societies can transform the world every day and everywhere. Zero Discrimination Day is a moment to highlight how everyone can become informed and promote tolerance, compassion and peace” – UNAIDS
 
Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO), in support of the Zero Discrimination Day initiative by UNAIDS is organising an awareness campaign among youngsters in Chennai. The objective of the campaign is to promote equal treatment of people, irrespective of their gender, colour, caste, religion, race, ethnicity, occupation, sexual orientation, financial status, etc.
 
This campaign, which is the first of its kind in the city, aims to encourage youngsters to resolve against any kind of discrimination. The students took oath. 200 Social Work Students from Loyola College, Madras Christian College, Mohammed Sattak College, St. Peter University, Vivekananda College D.G.Vaishnav College and Srimad Andavan College across the city participating in this initiative. As a part of this campaign, students of Social Work in the city will conduct awareness drives the college campus and reach 1000 students from each of their college. During the event two educational posters were released.
 
Speaking on the occasion Mr.A.J.Hariharan, Secretary, ICWO said Reaching zero Discrimination is not going to be an easy task but it is very much possible. Since TANSACS(Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society) ,UNAIDS & NACO (National AIDS Control Organisation)are fully committed to the campaign, he said that multi sectoral approach is the need of the hour to reach zero discrimination.  He was quite convinced that involving young people in campaign to end discrimination will help in yielding good results in the future. ICWO was pleased to organize the event and to involve city college students in the campaign to end  discrimination against PLHIV(Peoplw living with HIV/AIDS) and LGBTQ(Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer). It is our responsibility to ensure a decimation free society and life with dignity for PLHIV and LGBTQ.