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Albinism Awareness Day 2019 - "Still Standing Strong"

Mother with a child with albinism, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Abel Kavanagh Mother with a child with albinism, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights of Persons with Albinism

June 10, 2019

Staff Reporter

United Nations: "Still Standing Strong" is the theme for this year's International Albinism Awareness Day which is annualy celebrated on June 13, 2019.

This is a call to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism around the world, and to support their cause – from their accomplishments and positive practices to the promotion and protection of their human rights. Persons with albinism have faced, and continue to face, ongoing hurdles and challenges that seriously undermine their enjoyment of human rights. From stigma and discrimination, to barriers in health, education, and invisibility in social and political arenas.

In addition, in several countries they are subject to heinous attacks and killings. Despite all these challenges, persons with albinism remain positive and are STILL STANDING STRONG!

A call for solidarity

In solidarity with persons with albinism worldwide, use the hashtags #stillstrong #iaad #iaad2019 #AlbinismDay #standupforhumanrights

According to the United Nations, people with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.

In some communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.