Our Mission, Vision, and Values

About Us

We are committed to building strong partnerships with various organizations representing persons with albinism to ensure that the African Union Plan of Action on albinism is implemented at the national level with concrete measures and multi-year budgets; and that the positive effects of these measures advance the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism in the Africa region.

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Our Mission

To promote the implementation of the African Union (AU) Plan of Action to End Attacks and Other Human Rights Violations Targeting Persons with Albinism in Africa (2021-2031).

Our Vision

For people with albinism in Africa to take their rightful place throughout every level of society, and that the days of discrimination will be a faint memory.

Our Values

We value, above all, the promotion and protection of human dignity and human rights of persons with albinism and their family members; We value integrity and accountability.

History

The Africa Albinism Network was founded in February 2021 by the former UN Independent Expert, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero after almost two decades of successful engagements and policy commitments globally to protect persons with albinism.

The Africa Albinism Network was formerly named the Africa Albinism Alliance. Its current name better reflects its structure, vision and mission.

PILOT PHASE

The Network is currently in its pilot phase (March 2021 – March 2023) and uses an agile process to develop its work standards and modalities. The administrative center of the Network is led by Under the Same Sun.

Our Team

Ikponwosa Ero

Lead Strategist and Technical Adviser

Ikponwosa, also known as I.K has served diligently as the first United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism (2015 – 2021). Through her training as lawyer, she has a decade of experience in the research, policy, and practice of international human rights. Growing up with albinism in Nigeria gave I.K. a passion for the fight for human rights of people with albinism. This passion has led her to work and advise multiple organizations and governments around the world. She has served as the principal architect of several international initiatives on persons with albinism including the African Union Plan of Action on Albinism in Africa (2021-2031). Beyond work, I.K. enjoys socializing with friends and landscape photography.

Martin Haule

Finance and Administration Manager

Martin served as the administration and logistics manager for Under The Same Sun (UTSS) for 9 years. Before engaging in the advocacy movement, Martin worked at Tanzania Postal Bank as a Senior Banking Operations Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Dar es Salaam and has over 11 years of experience in Accounting, Administration, Finance, and Logistics. Being a person with albinism himself, Martin is a strong, articulate leader with a great passion for the disability movement and serves as a strategic advocate on disability issues in Tanzania. His mission is to lead disability issues and contribute to the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities particularly persons with albinism through advocacy. Martin is married and proud father of three.

Annabahati Gwacha

Project Manager

Annabahati is a dedicated leader who oversees the network’s projects on the development and implementation of African Union Plan of Action on Albinism (2021-2031) across Africa by supporting national taskforces and committees. She is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP®) based in Tanzania and member of the local chapter. She previously worked as project manager for Haki Yetu Project (Phase II), which aimed to fight discrimination, killings and attacks of persons with albinism in five lake-zone regions in Tanzania through workshops and public awareness raising and advocacy campaigns. She has a background in real estate investment and is currently pursuing her Masters in Finance and Investment. She is a lover of nature, investigative documentaries, and the simplest things in life.

Haingo Rakotomalala

Advocacy Officer

Haingo is an African feminist creative from Madagascar specializing in the application of advocacy and communications principles in philanthropy and NGO work. She has over 8 years’ experience supporting African civil society groups led by and for disenfranchised and marginalized groups across Africa and designing social inclusion strategies. She is also a makeup and baking enthusiast.

Doreen Mkatomboka

Executive Assistant

Doreen is a promising young Tanzanian who currently works as the Network’s administrative assistant ninja, always ready for a new challenge. Her greatest aspiration is to make a difference and contribute to the issues that matter in this ever-changing world. In this position, Doreen provides administrative and operational support to the entire team while reporting directly to the Finance and Administrative Manager. She is insatiably curious and enjoys the challenge of learning from the new tasks and projects she assists with. In her free time, Doreen enjoys playing board games, photography, and participating in sports such as swimming and football.

Andrews Kwame Daklo

Advocacy Associate

Andrews Kwame Daklo is a disability rights advocate from Ghana with experience in human rights advocacy, focusing on albinism, programming and social work. Kwame holds a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. Kwame has a vast experience in community mobilisation, program facilitation and social media advocacy on the rights of persons with albinism. He is passionate about promoting and protecting the rights and welfare of persons with albinism in Ghana and Africa.

Mawunyo Yakor-Dagbah

Advisory Board Member

Mawunyo is a strong, articulate leader deeply committed to disability and gender issues. As a person with albinism who works as a strategic advocate on disability issues in Ghana, her goal is to champion disability and gender issues, as well as contribute to the empowerment of people with disabilities through advocacy. She served as the National President of the Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism and as Treasurer of the Commonwealth Disabled People Forum. Mawunyo is the first female president of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations since the organization’s inception in 1987, and the first Vice President of the West Africa Federation of the Disabled. She is also a Governing Board Member of the National Council on Persons with Disabilities, a Consultative Board Member of the Africa Albinism Network, and an Advisory Board Member of the Africa Centre for Retirement Research. She has an MBA in Accounting from the University of Cape Coast and works as an Assistant Director of Audit for the Ghana Audit Service. She is married and a proud mother of three.

Innocentia Mgijima-Konopi

Advisory Board Member

Innocentia is a Zimbabwean-born human rights lawyer whose work focuses on advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. Having earned a Law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010, Innocentia was awarded the Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship in 2013 which enabled her to study towards a Masters in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway. This laid the groundwork for her to advance and foster the formulation, implementation, and domestication of disability rights on the continent, including the rights of persons with albinism. Her contribution in albinism has included providing research support to the UN Independent Expert on Albinism, editing the first journal on economic, social, and cultural rights of persons with albinism in Southern Africa and supporting countries in the development of their National Action Plans. Innocentia is currently pursuing her PhD studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and she is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Tekano. Innocentia is also a human rights and capacity building consultant for the Africa Albinism Network, her work includes making submissions to treaty motoring bodies, special mechanisms, and other human rights organs at both the Africa Union and United Nations levels on issues affecting persons with albinism on the continent.

Flávia Pinto

Advisory Board Member

Flávia is a human rights activist and economist by trade. Flavia enrolled in university in 2017 to study Legal Sciences (Law) to better understand and interpret the laws. She is also a jurist who uses her legal knowledge to protect and defend the rights of persons with albinism in Mozambique. Flavia’s experience with albinism dates to her childhood, as her father was born with albinism, and after his death in 2015, she established the Association Zé Manuel Pinto (AZEMAP) in his honor. At the second meeting in 2017, she was elected president of AZEMAP, a position she still holds. Flavia has had the opportunity to participate in several national and international forums on the rights of persons with albinism, as well as receive training in the field in South Africa and Maputo. In Tanzania, she had the opportunity to share her experiences with KCBRP in Kagera and Geita. At the Africa Albinism Network, Flavia is a member of the consultative Board and serves as the language liaison for the Lusophone countries.

Franck Hounsa

Advisory Board Member

Franck is an experienced English French-Fon translator and conference interpreter with over eighteen years of experience. He is also a trained evangelist and missionary and as such, has been pastoring a church for 11 years. As co-founder and current Executive Director of Divine Connexion Worldwide he is, through this organization, one of the leading voices in favor of people with albinism in Benin. At the Africa Albinism Network he serves as the language liaison for the francophones as well as a member of the consultative board.

Where We Work

We currently serve a range of countries across Africa, supporting organizations to draft National Action Plan on albinism in line with the AU Plan of Action (2021-2031) and getting plans adopted by government with a multi-year budget. AAN supports organizations  through capacity development including through joint advocacy at the United Nations and African Union.

We seek out partnerships with various organizations, focusing on those representing persons with albinism, in accordance with their strategic plans to actualize their mission.