For the first time, this March first, ONUSIDA will establish the day of “Zero Discrimination”, a historical opportunity to reflect upon and promote the right each citizen of the world has to live with fullness and dignity, regardless of his/her personal circumstances. From the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders, we add our efforts and support for this campaign.
The Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders expresses its support for the “Zero Discrimination” campaign, driven by ONUSIDA and set into motion Saturday, the first of March. In this setting the FALGBT will organize various activities so as to push forward the debate for a new, anti-discriminatory law in the country.
It should be noted that in collaboration with the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ONUSIDA launched the #zerodiscrimination campaign in December of 2013, in commemoration of World AIDS Day. A social environment free from any form of discrimination is a key component of ONUSIDA’s vision of getting to zero: zero new diagnoses of HIV, zero discrimination, and zero deaths related to AIDS.
Nevertheless, today, there are many people in the world who form part of the front against inequality, and who are discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or for being disabled. This discrimination constitutes not only a violation of human rights, but is also an illegal, immoral, harmful, and dehumanizing act that poses a threat to all of society.
The emblem of the campaign is the butterfly, which alludes to transformation and the process of change, and image that suits a campaign that promotes a culture of justice, the self-determination of its citizens, and social coexistence, as the fundamental ethics for the creation of society.
Esteban Paulón, President of the FALGBT expresses, “we at the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders, join the “Zero Discrimination campaign, driven by ONUSIDA, with enthusiasm. This global campaign is an enormous opportunity to bring forward the debate about the necessity of constructing societies without discrimination that include all of us.”
To conclude Paulón says: “We are going to work these next few months to promote an agenda that promotes ONUSIDA’s campaign and that puts the pending rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, on the table.”