Announcing this year’s theme: #UnitedInMakingOurVoiceHeard
UNITED IN MAKING OUR VOICE HEARD
The theme was chosen :
- because including voices of persons with albinism is essential to ensure equality #Inclusion4equality
- to celebrate how groups of persons with albinism and individuals increase the visibility of persons with albinism in all domains of life
- to encourage and celebrate unity among groups of persons with albinism.
- to amplify the voices and visibility of persons with albinism in all areas of life
- to highlight the work being done by albinism groups around the world.
#UnitedInMakingOurVoiceHeard #Inclusion4equality #AlbinismDay
There are many ways to get involved, spread awareness, and make YOUR voice heard on International Albinism Awareness Day!
History of International Albinism Awareness Day
On December 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 Saturday, June 13, 2020.
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.
Learn More About IAAD & Albinism
To learn more about International Albinism Awareness Day, check out these online resources:
Meet the Champions of the Albinism Cause: (United Nations Human Rights’ Albinism website)
Video Poem by Gcina Vabaza (Viewer Advisory: This video contains serious content intended for mature audiences. Graphic images included may not be suitable for young viewers.)
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Sunday, June 12th
Please join the Northern Illinois NOAH group on its second annual NI NOAH Walks for NOAH! We look forward to celebrating International Albinism Awareness Day and raising awareness for albinism in the community. We hope to see you there!
Please park along Spring Road near the Eldridge Park East field. We will walk a loop and meet back at the park for coffee and donuts provided by NI NOAH. If you’re unable to join us but still want to support, scan the code to donate!
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