March 1st is Zero Discrimination Day.

At Joblife, we believe in human rights, social justice, diversity, and inclusion. We want to celebrate the rights of everybody- to live a happy and fulfilled life, with purpose and dignity.

Zero Discrimination Day is spearheaded by UNAIDS and is driving the “need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world.”

The theme this year is “Remove laws that harm, create laws that empower.”

Joblife believes it’s important to keep fighting to end all forms of discrimination. We have clients from all walks of life, people with talent and potential but have various barriers to employment- including discrimination.

In Australia, disability discrimination complaints are the most common that come across the desk of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Only 47.8% of working-age Australians living with disability are employed compared to 80.3% of people without disability being employed. Demonstrating just how difficult it is to break through the barrier to employment because of stigma, discrimination, and lack of accessibility.

Today, on March 1st, we want to be a part of the conversation to end discrimination and commit to being an organisation that opens its doors to everybody.

If you also want to be a part of the change here are ways you can do so:
1. Share your initiatives. Like and share this article and use the hashtag #zerodiscriminationatjoblife and tell us what you think should be done to achieve zero discrimination.
2. Be an ally. When you see discrimination, speak up.
3. Participate in your democracy. Approach your government, parliamentarian or the Australian Human Rights Commission and bring attention to what you want to change.
4. Petition. Start a petition or sign a petition to change the law.

Resources

Find out more about 2022 Zero Discrimination Day here.
You can find social media materials from UNAIDS here.
See last year’s Zero Discrimination Day brochure here.
See more disability statistics here.