Department commemorates Albinism Awareness Month

Free State Social Development MEC Sisi Ntombela to commemorate Albinism Awareness Month/Photo REFILWE GAESWE

The Department of Social Development in the Free State will be commemorating Albinism Awareness Month with the theme “Celebrate diversity; promote inclusion; protect our rights.”

The event will take place at Tshepano Intermediate School in Fouriesburg on Friday.

The department say that persons with albinism have the same human right as any other person in South Africa.

“However, tens of thousands of Southern Africans with albinism have experience some form of discrimination and abuse in their lives. People with albinism have often been referred to as unnatural or even cursed. Recent attacks on persons with albinism in SA as reflected in the media brought the plight of persons with albinism and their day to day challenges to the fore.”

The United Nations of 2013 Resolution L25 was taken to address the attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. Social development urged to amongst others, ensue the effective protection of persons with albinism, take effective measures to eliminate any type of discrimination against persons with albinism and to accelerate education and public awareness-raising activities.

In response to the call to act on the “attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism”, ASSA in the Free State in partnership with the Free State Department of Social Development will be celebrating Persons with Albinism at an event in Fouriesburg.

The MEC for Social Development in the Free State Sisi Ntombela will address the community on issues and challenges faced by people with albinism.

This platform will also give people with albinism an opportunity to address the department and other stakeholders on how they can be assisted.

Statement Supplied by Communications and Media Liaison at the Free State Department of Social Development