The honourable Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalilani has called upon all Malawians in the country to come together in promoting dignity, rights and lives of people with albinism.
The Minister was speaking at Nkolimbo Ground in Ntcheu during 2017 International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) under the theme: ‘Advancing with renewed hope’.
Addressing the gathering, Kalilani stated that the commemoration is an important event citing that it serves as platform where contributions of people with albinism to communities and nation are celebrated.
“This day provides us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that persons with albinism are making to our communities and the nation”, stated Kalilani.
She added that, “the commemoration is also providing us a platform for mobilizing the general population and a wide range of stakeholders to join hands to promote the welfare of persons with albinism”.
The Minister however expressed worries over continued fear and discrimination that the people with albinism still face in various sectors.
She is therefore appealed to all people to “undertake civic education and public awareness campaigns in order to promote dignity and lives of persons with albinism at all the levels”.
IAAD was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly on 14th November 2014 to reflect on the plight of persons with albinism and call upon every individual global citizen to respect the rights of persons with albinism.