ALBINISM RIGHTS PROJECT FOR PERSONS WITH ALBINISM IN ENUGU STATE FUNDED BY DISABILITY RIGHTS FUND

In order to ensure that the rights of persons with albinism are promoted and protected in Enugu state, the foundation received a funding support from Disability Rights Fund, a US based organization. Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability rights community that empowers persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. The albinism rights project is a one year programme aimed at promoting, protecting and defending the rights of persons with albinism in Enugu state.

Some of the activities include: advocacy engagement with relevant stakeholders such as Ministries of Education, health, Women Affairs, Justice and the Commissioner of Police. The advocacy engagement is to ensure their support and claim ownership of the project.

The project will build capacity of albinism champions within the South East on how to promote, protect, and defend the rights of persons with albinism whenever it is being violated. The participants for the capacity building will be drawn from the five states within the region.

The project will equally build the capacity of law enforcement agencies such as the police, Judges/Magistrates, prisons, immigration and layers on the protection and enforcement of the fundamental human rights of persons with albinism especially women and children whom on a daily basis experience human rights abuses and violation.

In addition, the project will ensure that a one-day sensitization workshop for teachers, educators, principals and councilors on how to ensure that children with albinism have access to qualitative education. This is to reduce school drop-out and ensure enrollment, retention and transition among children with albinism.

The project will also engage the media and ensure adequate publicity in order to sensitize and create the needed awareness on the project.

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