On 18 December 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. With effect from 2015, 13 June was launched as International Albinism Awareness Day!
Why is International Albinism Day important?
People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalisation and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.
In East African communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General urges “the cycle of attacks, discrimination and poverty must be broken“. We can all play a part to help erradicate the stigma many people with albinism face in East Africa and the rest of the world due to ignorance, through education.
Diversity Matters Beyond Borders campaign vlog (CLICK HERE for video)
This International Albinism Awareness Day, Diversity Matters Beyond Borders will be supporting Albinism Crisis Outreach (ACO) in Uganda! We’ll be offering various workshops 13th – 20th June 2017.
We need your support!
Donations of these items welcome:
- Sun Protection creams and lotions (including creams to sooth burns i.e aloe vera based creams)
- Second-hand and/or new hats, and protective clothing for children and teenagers (especially girls)
- Sun glasses
- Sanitary products
- Arts and crafts materials
Or via Go Fund Me CLICK HERE
We’d love to collaborate with both individuals and organisations to support this campaign! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on celebrating the human rights of people with albinism around the world visit: www.albinismday.com
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