Albino Foundation calls for greater sensitisation, advocacy

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Albino Foundation in Nigeria has called for greater advocacy and sensitization on the challenges persons with albinism face all over the world.

The call was made as the foundation marked the International Albinism Awareness Day Celebration, in Abuja.

It says the challenges militating against persons with albinism across the world requires the support of all.

The Foundation, therefore, called on all States, organisations of United Nations system and other international and regional organisations, as well as the media, civil society, including non-governmental organisations and individuals, to support the celebration of this year’s International Albinism Awareness Day.

The International Albinism Awareness Day celebration is also to draw attention to states and members of the public on the issues and challenges faced by persons with albinism and albinism community all over the world.

The Albino Foundation also called on the human rights treaty bodies and special procedures of the Human Rights Council to continue to give attention, within their respective mandates, to the situation of persons with albinism.

It therefore used the opportunity of the International Albinism Day to create awareness to the general public on what albinism is, its challenges and its management and to call on the general public to be part of this year’s celebration.

The celebration is a follow up to the United Nations General Assembly declaration at its sixty ninth session on December 14th, 2014 that June 13 every year should be celebrated as International Albinism Awareness Day, following the widespread discrimination, stigmatization, dehumanization, human rights abuse and brutal killings of persons with albinism (PWA) around the world, especially in Africa.

The head media and publication of the Albino Foundation, Mr. Adam Kasim, says there’s hope for Persons with Albinism in Nigeria.

He pointed out that some of the challenges they face in Nigeria is work place discrimination and discrimination in marriage.

Most parents do not allow their children to marry person with albinism but I see hope” he said.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Advancing with Renewed Hope.