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13 June 2018

The Secretary-General

Message for International Albinism Awareness Day

13 June 2018

Albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to suffer widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion. Very many, including children and women, are extremely vulnerable, isolated and subject to abuse and violence. 

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. But much more can be done globally to raise awareness about the plight of people with albinism.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to leave no one behind. International Albinism Awareness Day is an opportunity to declare solidarity with people with albinism and strive together so those who are often left furthest behind are able to live free from discrimination and fear, and empowered to enjoy their full human rights.

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