Africa Albinism Network
The AFRICA ALBINISM NETWORK* was inaugurated in February 2021 by the UN Independent Expert, Ms. Ikponwosa Ero. The Network is a consortium of non-governmental organizations working to promote – through human rights advocacy – the dignity, and welfare of persons with albinism and their family members. The administrative center of the Network is led by Under the Same Sun.
The Network is committed to building strong partnerships with various national and international organizations representing persons with albinism, particularly in Africa, to ensure that the African Union Plan of Action to End Attacks and other Human Rights Violations Targeting Persons with Albinism (2021-2031) is implemented at the national level with concrete measures, including through national action plans with multi-year budgets; and that the positive effects of these measures concretely advance the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism in the Africa region.
The Network is currently in its pilot phase (March 2021 – March 2023). Therefore, it will be using an agile process to develop its work standards and modalities.
To view the AU Plan of Action and its Implementation Matrix (2021-2031), click: here
(*The Africa Albinism Network was formerly named the Africa Albinism Alliance. Its current name better reflects its structure, vision and mission).
Our vision is that people with albinism in Africa will take their rightful place throughout every level of society, and that the days of discrimination will be a faint memory.
To provide support to organizations representing persons with albinism across Africa through strategic capacity development and to ultimately ensure the implementation of the African Union Plan of Action to End Attacks and other Human Rights Violations Targeting Persons with Albinism (2021-2031) including through National Action Plans on Albinism with multi-year budgets and human rights-based advocacy.
These are the core values of the Africa Albinism Network:
- Promotion and protection of human dignity and human rights of persons with albinism and their family members
- Centered on people with albinism and their family members
All advocacy groups promoting the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism in the Africa region are considered members of the Network in the general sense. To focus on its mission, the Network does not have official memberships or membership processes, and it is not a federation. It is a consortium aiming to work with like-minded entities with a priority of human rights-based support to persons with albinism in Africa through the promotion of implementation of the AU Plan of Action on Albinism..
The Network will seek out, short or long-term partnerships, with various organizations, with a priority of organizations representing persons with albinism, in accordance with its strategic plans to actualize its mission.
The Africa Albinism Network is grateful for the support of various international funders. Please contact us if you wish to support the work of this Network.