Do more to raise awareness about albinism, urges United Nations head

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has said that more support needs to be shown towards people with albinism so they can lead better, empowered lives. He said this on the International Day to Raise Awareness on Albinism.

Albinism is a genetic condition that results in the lack of melanin in the body. It affects people throughout the world, reminded the UN chief.

Albinism is a genetic condition that affects people throughout the world, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. Yet, tragically, people with albinism continue to suffer widespread discrimination, stigma and social exclusion - Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

In many countries, wrong beliefs and myths influenced by superstition place the lives of people with albinism at risk.

The Secretary-General underlined the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the promise to leave no one behind.

The UN General Assembly designated 13 June as the International Albinism Awareness Day, in 2014.

The Human Rights Council, which is the highest UN intergovernmental body on human rights, has called for greater protection for persons with albinism against discrimination and violence.

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