ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY: FEAR AND IGNORANCE ROBS PEOPLE OF JOBS, EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES, FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS

1 Mar 2017 Bridie Taylor

People living with viral hepatitis are subject to stigma and discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. Fear and ignorance have robbed people of their jobs, education opportunities, friendships and relationships. Consequently, as many as 1 in 3 people living with viral hepatitis are afraid to tell their friends and families.

As part of our efforts to tackle misconceptions and stereotypes, we strive to profile the stories of people living with viral hepatitis. In this powerful video from China, Dee Lee, WHA Executive Board Member and Founder and Director of Inno Community Development Organisation shares the extreme measures he took to secure a job as a result of the discrimination he faced.

He is not alone. Across the globe people living with viral hepatitis are denied opportunities and left feeling ashamed due to stigma and discrimination.

On Zero Discrimination Day the World Hepatitis Alliance calls for an end to the stigma and discrimination that the 400 million people living with viral hepatitis suffer from every day.

To coincide with Zero Discrimination Day, NOhep has launched the NOhep:NOEXCUSE pledge campaign, a year-round advocacy and awareness-raising activity calling on policymakers, medical professionals and the general public to stop making excuses and pledge simple actions to help eliminate viral hepatitis.

Today NOhep asks you to send a powerful message to your community that there’s NOEXCUSE for discrimination and there’s NO EXCUSE: Viral hepatitis can be eliminated. Here’s a few simple way on how you can get involved with the campaign:

  • Add your pledge here
  • Share the campaign’s images on your social media profiles, and encourage your followers to add their name to the pledgewall – don’t forget to use #NOhep!
  • Use the pledge for advocacy by sending the link to your policymaker

If you’d like to find out more about how you can use this campaign, you can get in touch with NOhep on connect@nohep.org.