International Albinism Awareness Day - June 13th
History of International Albinism Awareness Day
On November 18, 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day. This historic resolution confirmed the global focus on albinism advocacy. NOAH joins with the worldwide albinism community in encouraging everyone to celebrate and promote albinism awareness on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
The late Ambassador of the Mission of Somalia to the U.N., Geneva, Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, led the effort to pass the resolution in cooperation with Under the Same Sun, an organization that promotes and protects the rights of people with albinism, particularly in Africa. Shortly thereafter, NOAH participated in a U.N. “side event” to celebrate the adoption of the resolution. The late Excellency Bari-Bari made opening and closing remarks at the event, which included sharing a story with Pope Francis in which he informed the Pontiff of the atrocities committed against people with albinism in Africa. Many other dignitaries also attended the event, and each made brief statements in support of the resolution. These attendees included representatives from the U.N. delegations from Italy, Israel, Canada and the United States, the U.N. Special Representative on Violence against Children, a representative from UNICEF, and several key individuals in the albinism community.
This year, we are happy to welcome Natalie Devora as she leads the campaign to Shine The Light for International Albinism Awareness Day. Natalie will be sharing more details soon about even more ways you can participate in this celebration with NOAH and others in the albinism community around the world.
Natalie asks, “What excites you? What are you proud of? What are your accomplishments? How do you do all of these things?” This is a video challenge for people of all ages with albinism – even children, tweens and teens!
Watch on YouTube!
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