The South West Coordinator, Albinism Network Association, Muyiwa Abegunde, on Monday reiterated the group’s commitment to the fight against discrimination and stigma against people living with albinism.
Abegunde urged states in the country including those in the South West to take action by promoting inclusive society in line with the United Nations resolution on albinism matters.
The ANA coordinator, in a press statement in Ado Ekiti annoucing that the South West ANA would hold the yearly ‘June 13 UN International Albinism Awareness Day’ in Lagos on June 24, stated that the theme of the event, “Inclusion is strength,” was apt based on the crucial need to promote inclusiveness in government and all spheres of life.
He said, “Specifically, on 18 December 2014, UN resolution was adopted declaring 13 June as IAA Day. In adopting the resolution, the UN recognized the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of albinism in order to fight against global discrimination and stigma against persons with albinism.
“Since the first IAA Day in 2015, the international community has come together to highlight the continuing stigma and discrimination against persons with albinism, against which states must take action.
“IAA Day has also marked an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the albinism community. This year’s theme builds on last years’ theme of ensuring the inclusion of the voices of persons with albinism in all sectors of life. It emphasises the importance of inclusion of a diversity of groups from both within and outside the albinism community.
“This year’s ANA conference will adopt the principles on specific messages to increase awareness on albinism and effective leadership as a tool for promoting inclusive society,” he said.
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