1 March: Zero Discrimination Day

Some IPPF volunteers - Zero Discrimination Day

On Zero Discrimination Day, IPPF stands for respect, dignity, compassion and care for all. We are committed to providing quality healthcare to every person that visits one of our Member Association’s clinics, regardless of their age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, economic status or anything else. 

When you provide healthcare with dignity and respect, you can inspire others to do the same. Meet some of people who were so motivated by the discrimination-free healthcare they received from our Member Associations, or by the potential to support their communities in need, that they decided to become much-valued volunteers.

Lakshmi from Nepal, living with HIV – Community care mobiliser with the Family Planning Association of Nepal

Lakshmi from Nepal

“I made a plan that I would come back home [to Palpa], disclose my status and then do social work with other people living with HIV, so that they too may have hope to live. I said to myself: I will live and I will let others living with HIV live.” Read more about Lakshmi

Leilani, a trans woman from Tonga – Volunteer at the Tonga Leiti Association, supported by Tonga Health Family Association

Leilani from Tonga

“I think Tonga Family Health has done a lot up to now. They always come and do our annual HIV testing and they supply us [with] some condoms.They really, really help us a lot. They [are the] only one that can understand us.” Read more about Leilani

Eric from the USA – Outreach volunteer for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Eric from the USA

“The first thing I do when I have hardcore substance abusers sitting in front of me, I first show them identification, I let them know I understand just how they feel. I’ve been there feeling hopeless, helpless, confused about where to turn.” Read more about Eric

Hasina from India – Sex worker and volunteer at the Family Planning Association of India

Hasina from India

“Selling my body doesn’t make me a bad person, but working as a peer educator has helped enabled me to help many like me.” Read more about Hasina

Milan from Nepal, living with HIV – Community care mobiliser with the Family Planning Association of Nepal

Milan from Nepal

“There are 40 children in this area living with HIV,” he says. “I talk to them, collect information from them and help them get the support they need. And I tell them: ‘If I had given up at that time, I would not be like this now. So you also shouldn’t give up, and you have to live your life.” Read more about Milan

Joseph from Botswana, a gay man living with HIV – Client at the Botswana Family Welfare Association

Joseph from Botswana

“I never have any problems coming here. I feel comfortable here. At [the government clinic] there is no privacy; most of my friends are there. Sometimes if you go there you find them suspecting something, and everyone will be knowing your status. That’s why I prefer BOFWA [Botswana Family Welfare Association].” Read more about Joseph