UN calls for support of persons with Albinism

Added On June 15, 2019

June 13 marks the International Albinism Awareness Day.
The United Nations has expressed its support for persons with albinism, who face stigma, discrimination and barriers in health,education,social,and political arenas.
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told the press that this year's theme is "Still Standing Strong."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): STEPHANE DUJARRIC, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General
"It is a call to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism,and to support their cause-- from their accomplishments and positive practices to the promotion and protection of their human rights."
The United Nations organized on Thursday a side-event for persons with albinism during the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
According to the concept note of the side-event, since 2010, there have been around 700 cases of attacks and killings of persons with albinism in 28 countries.
"Living in my skin was not easy at all. From mean things that adults would say as a child, and being in school with traumatizing things happening by my peers, and then on top of that, being visually impaired, I cannot see. I could not see, But I had a vision. I knew that I wanted to be a model. The start of my career. It was not easy. Many doors were closed and there were a lot of setbacks, but I didn't let that stop me. I knew I wanted to stand strong for what I believed in. And I knew how beautiful that we are as a group, as a community. And I wanted to show that on the mainstream level."
Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth. Due to a lack of melanin in skin and eyes, persons with albinism often have permanent visual impairment leading to disabilities.
In 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming, with effect from June 13, 2015 as International Albinism Awareness Day.