Malawi will join the international community in commemorating this year’s International Albinism Awareness Day whose theme is Together We Can End Human Rights Violations Against Persons with Albinism.
Speaking in Lilongwe at a press briefing, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalilani said this year’s commemoration is meant to appeal to the general public to engage in constructive discussions in finding lasting solutions that promote and protect persons with albinism who are being increasingly discriminated against.
This year’s commemoration will be held today at Kasungu Community Centre ground in Kasungu.
“My ministry, together with different stakeholders, has developed a response plan to address the atrocities which identified six intervention areas including awareness raising and training activities and strengthening of internal security.
“The undertaking of an investigative research including human rights monitoring and reporting activities, promotion of fair administration of justice and victim assistance and the empowerment of persons with albinism through Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam),” said Kalilani.
Speaking earlier UN Women Representative, Clara Anyangwe, said the commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day offers an opportunity to dispel the myths that surround the individuals and enable them to exercise their inalienable human rights.