Zero Discrimination


Zero Discrimination

Discriminatory laws and gender-based violence have a disproportionate impact on the lives of women and girls around the world. We call you to notice discrimination. You can follow our activities on our social media accounts in order to make our voice heard on the basis of human rights. Share your post with #zerodiscrimination hashtag to support this movement and raise awareness. Notice the discrimination!

Individuals or groups should treated fair, equal and without judgment. Nobody should feel discriminated because of their social class, age, nationality, race, religion, language, gender, politico-philosophical view, ethnic minority or disability. To support this movement every 1st of March accepted as “Zero Discrimination Day” in 2014 by the United Nations.

Children’s exposure to gender discrimination begins with the discrimination of biological gender from birth. Sexist roles, especially for girls, follow them like shadows throughout their lives and ultimately causes women to be exposed to gender inequality. Discriminating against children and individuals is a fundamental violation of rights. Governments, society and NGOs need to raising awareness of the gender equality for to be able to change this situation where the whole society is negatively affected.


Ulaş Gençalp
SOS Children’s Village

According to the data of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 50% of the refugees in the world are women and girls. In addition to the ongoing conflicts and serious human rights violations in different parts of the world, the recent economic difficulties due to the corona epidemic, increasing unemployment rates and problems in accessing support mechanisms increase the vulnerabilities of many women and girls; paves the way for exploitation. Women and girls, who had to flee their countries due to war and persecution in our country, should be treated equally in society, have access to basic human rights, lead a dignified life and be able to adapt to the society they live in.


Deniz Altıok
Refugee Rights Association

“The lives of lesbian, bisexual, trans girls and women are worth living and being let live.” Unfortunately, the of lands we live on are full of stories of lesbian, bisexual and trans women whose education was disrupted by homophobic, biphobic or transphobic violence perpetrated by their peers and teachers, and those that are unable to continue their education because they are imposed to wear uniforms in line with the sex they are assigned at birth but not their gender identity or because they lose support of their families on the basis of being romantically attracted to the same sex. On the other hand, providing education to children, starting from preschool period on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics will help the next generations to act less oppressive and ostracizing.

Queer Cyprus Solidarity Line: +90 542 858 58 47


Faika Deniz Paşa
Queer Cyprus

“For every 10 human trafficking victims identified worldwide, 5 are women and 2 are girls.” Today, the number of people exposed to slavery and similar practices is greater than ever before in world history. Practices in this direction fall under the crime of human trafficking, and 5 out of 10 victims of human trafficking identified worldwide are women and 2 are girls. The poverty that women and girls face as well as discrimination in accessing education and the job market pushes them into a vulnerable situation. Human traffickers use these vulnerabilities, forcing women especially into prostitution through various methods and gaining profits from women’s bodies. We must combat human trafficking effectively for the liberation of all women and girls whose lives have been restricted.


Fezile Osum
Human Rights Platform

Unite for gender equality! Many girls are deprived of their right to education because of the patriarchal structure and gender discrimination. In our country, girls are employed in many jobs as workers and are deprived of their right to education.


Laden Asilzade
Universal Children’s Rights Association

In the pandemic process, which has been effective for two years, pre-existing discrimination against women and girls has become even more evident. During this time,  unemployment and impoverishment of women, exploitation of domestic labour, inequalities in access to education and domestic violence and neglect-abuse cases have increased significantly. The inequality that is created by stereotypical gender roles should be addressed and eliminated first, and then to eliminate the existing discriminations. Women should be empowered both socially and economically. It is a must to provide this empowerment both within the society and institutionally.


Av. Aslı Murat
Cyprus Turkish Bar Association

Lack of Social Security is Hurting Women and Girls Disproportionately

While traditional gender roles and norms legitimise discrimination and rights violations against women and girls, socio-economic problems and lack of a social security system that can effectively address these problems deepen this discrimination and violations. The intersection of gender roles with differences in citizenship, immigration status, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and special needs further exacerbates the disadvantages faced by women and girls.

For violence against women or domestic violence: 183


Dr. Ömür Yılmaz
United Against Violence Project