Albinism Network Association (ANA) is set to celebrate 2023 UN International Albinism awareness Day in the South West Nigeria.
The South West which comprises Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States will converge at Medical Centre staff club Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-araba, Lagos State on Saturday 24th June 2023 to commemorate the day. The theme for this year is ”Inclusion Is Strength”.
On 18 December 2014, UN resolution was adopted declaring 13 June International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD). In adopting the resolution, the UN recognized, “the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of albinism in order to fight against global discrimination and stigma against persons with Albinism.”
Since the very first IAAD in 2015, the international community has come together to highlight the continuing stigma and discrimination against persons with albinism, against which States must take action.
In a statement signed by Ambassador, Muyiwa Abegunde, State/South West Coordinator of the Association, he said “IAAD has marked an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the albinism community.
“This year theme builds on from last year’s theme of ensuring the inclusion of the voices of Persons with Albinism in all sectors of life. It emphasis the importance of inclusion of a diversity of groups from both within and outside the Albinism community.”
Abegunde further noted that “Albinism Network Association, ANA, will organize a conference and the conference will adopt the principles on specific messages to increase awareness on albinism and effective leadership as a tool for promoting inclusive society. Delegates selected from each state will represent the South West in Nigeria.”