Announcing this year’s theme: #InclusionIsStrength
INCLUSION IS STRENGTH
The theme builds on from last years’ theme of ensuring the inclusion of the voices of persons with albinism in all sectors of life. It emphasizes the importance of inclusion of a diversity of groups from both within and outside the albinism community. Specifically, it highlights the importance and benefits of:
- Including a broad spectrum of persons with albinism in albinism-related discussions, including youth, women, children, older persons, LGBTQ+ and persons with albinism of all races and ethnic backgrounds;
- Collaborating and embracing albinism within the disability movement, and in other sectors where decisions affect persons with albinism; and
- Seeking synergies with human rights groups and other groups from outside the albinism movement.
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 June 13th each year.
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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Spread Love with Alfie Fundraiser!
Thursday, June 8th
399 Greenfield Rd
Memphis, TN 38117
To celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day, join local Memphis children’s book author Alison Nenon and artist Meghean Warner for an hour of fun reading Alfie Sees Love and painting Alfie inspired art. Art is appropriate for kids, and families are welcome!
RSVP by Monday, June 5th to AlfieSeesLove@gmail.com
NI NOAH Walk – Pioneer Park
Sunday, June 11th
517 Mitchell Ave
Please park in the lot or along the street. We will walk a loop and meet back at the park for coffee and donuts provided by NI NOAH.
Tuesday, June 13th
HQ Pixel Studios
23 Meadow Street
War of Colors film screening & trivia night hosted by Charles Washington. 100% of the proceeds will go to NOAH!
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