“People living with Albinism are not different from other people in terms of their influence and productivity. As noted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), all humans are equal in dignity. Therefore, we must not discriminate against anyone regardless of their religion, ethnicity or colour. We are #StillStandingStrong with people with Albinism; this is critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.” – This was the message of the Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja represented by the Officer-In-Charge/National Information Officer, Mr. Oluseyi Soremekun at the commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day 2019 held at United Nations Information Centre - UNIC, Lagos in collaboration with OAM Foundation.
Ms. Ikponwosa Ero, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, in a keynote address read by Mr. Ojisi Emezie of OAM Foundation stated that: “Serving and improving the lives of persons with Albinism, where they have been marginalized, is a glowing example of leaving no one behind, as echoed through the Sustainable Development Goals”.
To ensure an inclusive society, we must begin to change our orientation about stereotypes around people living Albinism and continue to push for advocacy to promote and protect the rights of people with Albinism.
The International Albinism Awareness Day event held at United Nations Information Centre - UNIC, Lagos with OAM Foundation featured Poem Recitation, Panel Sessions, Interactive Discussions, Eye Check-up and Exhibition of photographs of persons living with Albinism.
The panel discussion educated people with Albinism on the need to imbibe the right attitude, show confidence and remain true to themselves no matter the tantrums that society may throw at them. The panellists shared their stories and experiences on Albinism in the society and different values, cultures and orientations about Albinism.
Indeed, we must continue to support the mission to demystify, amplify and dignify albinism. The United Nations enjoin all people to always promote the rights of people living with Albinism.
The theme for the 2019 International Awareness Day is “Still Standing Strong.”
This theme has been chosen to recognize, celebrate and encourage strength in persons living with albinism, despite all the past and on-going challenges faced by PWAs (from stigma and discrimination around the world to discrimination in health and education and finally, attacks and violations)
Here are a few pictures from our celebrations!!!!!