International Albinism Awareness Day Date in the current year: June 13, 2016

International Albinism Awareness Day International Albinism Awareness Day is an annual United Nations observance held on June 13. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2014. The date of June 13 was chosen because on that day in 2013 the United Nations adopted its first resolution on albinism.

Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the partial or complete absence of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack or absence of melanin in the skin makes albinos more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancers. Albinism is also associated with visual problems, namely photophobia, amblyopia (lazy eye), nystagmus and others.

People with albinism frequently face social challenges, as their condition is often a source of discrimination, ridicule, and sometimes even fear and related violence. For instance, in some African countries such and Burundi in Tanzania, many people with albinism have become murder victims during in recent years.

International Albinism Awareness Day focuses on raising public awareness of albinism and preventing attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism. All UN member states and organizations, as well as international and local organizations and civil society are encouraged to hold and participate in appropriate events and activities.

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