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Albinism Awareness Day 2019: Theme is 'Still Standing Strong'
This year, the Albinism Awareness Day, June 13, is to be observed with the theme 'Still Standing Strong' to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism around the world, and to support their cause ? from their accomplishments and positive practices to the promotion and protection of their human rights, informs the UN website mentioning about an event in its headquarters in New York.

"Persons with albinism have faced, and continue to face, ongoing hurdles and challenges that seriously undermine their enjoyment of human rights. From stigma and discrimination, to barriers in health, education, and invisibility in social and political arenas. In addition, in several countries they are subject to heinous attacks and killings" it adds.

In solidarity with persons with albinism worldwide, use the hashtags #stillstrong #iaad #iaad2019 #AlbinismDay #standupforhumanrights

According to the UN, albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. "The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination," it adds.

"Due to a lack of melanin in the skin and eyes, persons with albinism often have permanent visual impairment which often lead to disabilities. They also face discrimination due to their skin colour; as such, they are often subject to multiple and intersecting discrimination on the grounds of both disability and colour," States UN with a call for solidarity  with persons with albinism worldwide, use the hashtags #stillstrong #iaad #iaad2019 #AlbinismDay #standupforhumanrights.

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