It’s Time To Challenge Discrimination

Today (March 1st) is Zero Discrimination Day 2021 and DHU are recognising the importance of living life with dignity regardless of gender, age, sex, disability, marital/civil partnership status, religion or belief, race or sexual orientation.

At a time when inequalities have taken centre stage – health does not discriminate – we must come together to stand up to discrimination and all that it encounters.

Discrimination can take many forms,

  • direct discrimination – treating someone with a protected characteristic less favourably than others
  • indirect discrimination – putting rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone, but that put someone with a protected characteristic at an unfair disadvantage
  • harassment – unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone’s dignity or creates an offensive environment for them
  • victimisation – treating someone unfairly because they’ve complained about discrimination or harassment

This year, Zero Discrimination Day challenges the discrimination faced by women and girls in all of their diversity. We can all play our part in calling out discrimination where we see it, by setting a good example.

Did you know?

  • The gap between full and part-time men’s and women’s hourly rates of pay is 22.0% (1)
  • 73% of women still believe that the glass ceiling exists and that there are barriers facing women looking to be appointed to senior management (2)
  • 62% of women support positive action to increase the number of women at senior positions, compared to 42% of men (2)
  • 50% of women managers have high or quite high levels of self-confidence compared to 70% of male managers (2)
  • 17% of women believe that raising or caring for children has presented barriers to career development compared to 7% of men (2)
  • 1 in 10 people in work face potential mental health problems (3)
  • People with a disability or long-term illness are over twice as likely to face bullying or harassment in the workplace as non-disabled people (3)
  • Nearly 1 in 5 people of working age, around 7 million people, or 18.6% in Great Britain have a disability, whether hidden or not (4)
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men in their 50s are carers (3)
  • 80% of people believe it is wrong to make someone retire just because they have reached a certain age (5)

(Equality and diversity facts and figures (

DHU operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against bullying, harassment and violence and are committed to developing a safe workplace culture where any employee who is a victim of discrimination and abuse has the right to raise the issue with their employer in the knowledge that they will receive appropriate support.

By Sonia Gale – Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Coordinator DHU Health Care