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Int’l Albinism Awareness Day Wednesday

‘The battle continues, but we are gaining ground’

WT24 Desk

Speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day on Wednesday, independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero has taken stock of progress under the theme of the Day, “Shining our light to the world”, UNB reports.

“While we celebrate, we take a moment to reflect on those who have been attacked and lost their lives or were mutilated because they have albinism. I am heartened by the commitment to putting these atrocities to an end. Indeed the battle continues, but we are gaining ground,” Ero said.

In light of the fundamental pledge made in 2015 by all member states of the United Nations to leave no one behind, starting with the furthest behind first, it is essential for all stakeholders to support persons with albinism in their quest for the enjoyment of their human rights.

“There are challenges but these are evidently surmountable,” Ero said.

She said they, today, celebrate the remarkable contributions of persons with albinism including GoldalynKakuya, a 14-year-old girl with albinism, who topped Kenya’s national primary school exams in December and shattered stereotypes and myths.

Indeed, the expert says, it is still often believed that persons with albinism are unable to learn, according to a message received from Geneva on Monday.

“This prejudice illustrates the particular discrimination they face regarding access to education, including persistent bullying and the absence of reasonable accommodation for the vision impairment that is often part of albinism.”

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