“We envisage a continent that is free from human rights violation, stigma, compounded marginalization, discrimination, social and economic exclusion against Persons with Albinism (PWA), it is our role as Young Leaders in the spaces of knowledge production, media and NGOs to change the existing social and economic state of affairs” – Kamohelo Teele , Disability Activist (2021)
By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – As the world commemorate the International Albinism Day, the Mangaung Youth Forum said persons with Albinism deserve to be treated with respect and to be loved like any of us.
This follows a December 18, 2014 resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, designating June 13 as International Albinism Awareness Day.
This landmark resolution reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to Albinism advocacy.
“We want to make a plea to all of our people to protect them, especially in Sub-Saharan African countries to stop with the killings of people with Albinism,” said Mangaung Youth Forum Spokesperson, Moleboheng Motsumi.
The Forum plead with both public and private institutions to create employment opportunities for persons with Albinism.
“We also would like to make a plea with both public private institutions to accommodate as many people with Albinism in their work places, they need to be employed and given a chance like any other person with different colour of their skin as we believe colour doesn’t define who they are,” said Motsumi.
The International Albinism Awareness day is celebrated every year on June 13. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the albinism disease. This year’s theme is about #StrengthBeyondAllOdds.
The majority of Albino people develop skin cancer between the ages of 30 and 40. Skin cancer is highly avoidable, with regular health check ups, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing all being available.
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