At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified job opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. By ethically sourcing and purchasing artisan-made goods, we support sustainable income opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and social justice issues and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we are recognizing Zero Discrimination Day.
March 1st is recognized annually as Zero Discrimination Day to raise awareness and to end discrimination around the world. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) first proclaimed this day on March 1, 2014 to eliminate the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Since the launch of Zero Discrimination Day, there has been a wide variety of campaigns to end discrimination in countries such as India and Liberia. These campaigns focused on LGBTQ+ rights, helping to provide providing resources for those living with HIV/AIDS and challenging the criminalization of homosexuality.
This year, UNAID challenges people to take action against discrimination. People around the world are limited or even denied of their human rights and basic living essentials because of legal discrimination. The end goal for UNAID is to eliminate legal discrimination and to have human rights protection laws that correlate with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development plan.
At The Little Market, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to follow their dreams without any barriers. Rose Ann Hall Designs, one of the incredible artisan groups we work with, employs several artisans with physical disabilities in Mexico. The team produces beautiful, hand-etched glassware. It is important for The Little Market to work with artisans who are given opportunities to prosper and improve their work and living conditions while earning fair wages.
Please join us by participating on Zero Discrimination Day to eliminate discrimination, including when individuals are limited or excluded from receiving essential services, making it difficult to live their daily lives. A great way to participate is to check out our glassware from Mexico. A purchase of their unique products inspired by traditional Mexican arts allows for artisans to work regardless of who they are. Make March 1st a starting date to make a difference in someone’s life or your community by advocating for human rights for all.