Overview

AAN is committed to fueling progress towards implementation of the national action plans on albinism across the continent by making sure albinism groups, their allies and stakeholders in the larger human rights movements, advocates, and decision makers have the support and strategic capacity to guide efforts to end attacks and other human rights violations targeting persons with albinism. 

Advocacy at the African Union​ (Selected Events)

  • Statement to the 38th Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on the Situation of Children with Albinism in Africa – November 2021 
  • Video Statement to the Pan-African Colloquium on Albinism in DRC – October 2021 
  • Participation at an advocacy workshop for the signing and ratification of the African Protocols on Ageing and Disabilities (Session on the AU Plan of Action on albinism) – July 2021 
  • Statement to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, 68th Session on the situation of persons with albinism in Africa – April/ May 2021 
  • Statement to the Pan-African Parliament about validating the Guidelines on Harmful Practices – May 2021 
  • Statement to the 37th Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on the Situation of Children with Albinism in Africa – March 2021  

Advocacy at the United Nations​

  • Statement to the 15th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. – June 2022 
  • Statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Response to the report of the Independent Expert on Albinism on “Harmful Practices and Hate Crimes Targeting Persons with Albinism.” – March 2022 
  • Submission to the OHCHR on the Impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the human rights of young people – Human Rights Council Resolution 48/12 – February 2022 
  • Submission to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances  
  • Submission to the OHCHR on Social development challenges faced by persons with albinism, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – November 2021 
  • Submission to the OHCHR: study on statistics and data collection under article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – October 2021 
  • Submission to the Committee, to the 90th pre-session of the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the situation of children with albinism in Zambia – September 2021 
  • Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child: on the situation of children with albinism in Eswatini – August 2021 
  • Participation to a roundtable organized by the UN Independent Expert on Albinism on “Ending Hate Crimes and Harmful Practices Targeting Persons with Albinism.” – May 2021

Capacity Development

The Africa Albinism Network strives to develop the capacity of its partner organizations. The human rights advocacy submissions and activities are prepared with local organizations that are trained and informed about UN /AU mechanisms & processes as well as the AU Plan of Action on Albinism. The AAN organizes country visits to help form local National Action Plan Task Forces. Guidance and review by the Africa Albinism Network is offered during the drafting process of their National Action Plans.