UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said International Albinism Awareness Day is an opportunity to declare solidarity with people with albinism, Agencies report.
He said much more can be done globally to raise awareness about the plight of people with albinism.
The UN chief said it is also an opportunity to strive together so those who are often left furthest behind are able to livefree from discrimination and fear, and empowered to enjoy their full human rights.
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind,” said the UN chief in a message marking International Albinism Awareness Day.
Guterres said albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless ofrace, ethnicity or gender. “Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to sufferwidespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion. Very many, including childrenand women, are extremely vulnerable, isolated and subject to abuse and violence.”
He said the endorsement of a Regional Action Plan on Albinism in Africa by the African
Commission on Human and People’s Rights as well as by the Pan African Parliament is a key step forward.