The World Albinism Awareness Day was marked Thursday, June 13, to remind the global community that, people living with albinism have equal rights to life.
Persons with Albinism have been victims of discrimination, stigmatization and ridicule across the globe for a very long time.
It is against this background that the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution for International Albinism Awareness day.
The theme for this year’s International Albinism Awareness Day is “Still Standing Strong”.
In Ghana, there are a number of persons with disabilities that have broken the societal odds to attain greater heights in the political, legal, medical, educational and many other spheres of life.
The Henry Djaba foundation by therefore wishes to congratulate all achievers living with Albinism.
The Executive Director of Djaba Foundation, Otiko Afisa Djaba has called for a continuous demonstration for the practical definition of the mantra: “disability is not inability” and serve as role models for the young persons with disabilities that are coming up.
Otiko Djaba who was a former Gender Minister said that it is important for society to eschew all forms of inhuman perceptions and actions against persons with albinism and recognize their potentials.
“We therefore ask all Ghanaians to join the Henry Djaba Foundation to raise the awareness on the need to uphold the rights and freedoms of Persons with Albinism.”
”On this note, the Foundation pledges its unflinching support in promoting the rights of Persons with Disabilities and giving them a platform to showcase their talents and tell their stories on the Let’s Talk Ability TV Show, which airs on TV3 every Sunday at 1:30 p.m.” Otiko Djaba said in a statement issued and copied to gbcghanaonline.com
“Please, stop the stigmatization, driving away Persons with albinism from our communities, disrespecting and killing of albinos. Albinos don’t be afraid; you are precious and “worth more than many sparrows”. The statement under the hashtag (#Still Strong #IAAD) concluded.