International Albinism Awareness Day 2022

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13th June is International Albinism Awareness Day. 

  • The day is celebrated to create awareness among people about the prevention of attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism and the rights of people with albinism.

  • The purpose of this day is to raise awareness among people about the rights of people suffering from albinism.

  • What is Albinism?

  • It is a congenital disorder that occurs in humans due to the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair.

  • This disease is caused by a lack of pigmentation (melanin) in the hair, skin and eyes, which makes a person sensitive to the sun and bright light.

  • People with albinism can be visually impaired and have a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

  • Theme of 2022

  • The theme for the year 2022 is "United in Making Our Voice Heard".

  • History of the day 

  • In the mid-2000s, there were reports of violent attacks and murders on people with albinism in Tanzania.

  • The belief behind the attacks that people with albinism possessed magical powers resulted in the deaths of 70 people in 2015.

  • Because of this, the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) and other NGOs came together to advocate for the rights of people with albinism.

  • The United Nations Human Rights Council took the initiative to stop attacks and discrimination against people with albinism on December 18, 2014.

  • The Council decided to observe International Albinism Awareness Day on 13 June every year.

  • International Albinism Awareness Day was first observed in 2015.

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