12-year-old girl from Côte d'Ivoire with albinism, with her friend. UNICEF
Secretary-General's message for 2021
On International Albinism Awareness Day, I reiterate my solidarity with persons with albinism.
This year’s theme is Strength Beyond All Odds.
It reflects the resilience, perseverance and achievements of people with albinism in the face of pervasive misconceptions, discrimination and violence.
Despite these obstacles to well-being and security, leaders of organizations representing persons with albinism continue to work hard to support the most vulnerable.
I am encouraged that persons with albinism are increasingly taking their rightful place in decision-making platforms around the world, leading to meaningful commitments, such as the Plan of Action on Albinism in Africa.
And I welcome the work of the United Nations independent expert on albinism, in promoting the rights of persons with albinism.
Yet, much remains to be done.
There is deep need to demystify the condition and end discrimination.
I take this opportunity to urge all nations and communities to protect and fulfil the human rights of all persons with albinism and provide necessary support and care.
I am encouraged that persons with albinism are increasingly taking their rightful place in decision-making platforms around the world.