African Union For Persons With Albinism

AUPA is an African organization that promotes co-operation in all fields of human activity to raise the living standards of persons with albinism in Africa.

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08/03/2022

To the African Albinism community women:

We value you and know that you play a vital role in bringing sustainable development across our continent. And the Albinism global community leader Ms Muluka, sets a very good example as a UN Independent Expert for the enjoyment of the rights of persons with albinism that women in leadership brings results.

We celebrate today all women with albinismand all women without Albinism.

Happy International Women's day 2022

27/09/2021

The results of a poll to select the logo for the Global Albinism Alliance are in!
The circular shape of the winning design demonstrates our global commitment. The shading invokes a light shining on the alliance representing a bright future for the global albinism community..

10/09/2021

The African Union of Persons with Albinism is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Impact Of Covid-19 Environment On People With Albinism in Africa in
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01/09/2021

The Human Rights Council of the United Nations, during its 47th Session, appointed Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond from Zambia as new Independent Expert in charge of the mandate addressing the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. Congratulations and all the best to you Muluka Miti -Drummond
A big thanks to the former UN Albinism - Ikponwosa Ero for the outstanding work she has done these past 6 years and for her exceptional devotion to the albinism cause!

Photos from African Union For Persons With Albinism's post 15/08/2020

Colleagues,

This serves to confirm with you, that I have accepted His Excellency, the State President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s appointment to the role of Presidential Advisor on Disability.

On this role, my duty will be to represent and champion disability issues so that the interests of all persons with disabilities are integrated in the Tonse Philosophy's blueprint. I will be providing advice to the President on issues pertaining to disability informed by the challenges and barriers faced everyday by Us. Such a duty will also be informed by both domestic and international legal and human rights frameworks, all policy documents and more importantly, by the voice of all persons with disabilities themselves. Furthermore, I will work with all organs of the State as they follow through and enrich the set targets on disability issues as articulated in their goals and targets. Thus, a holistic approach to disability, as we aim to penetrate in every piece of our society's fabric. Indeed Nothing for Us Without Us hence our gratitude to President's gesture in this appointment. We hope, such will be cemented with actions for the improvement of lives of persons with disabilities in this country.

I pledge to remain a servant of persons with disabilities, and your ally as we continue to work on the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities. I further pledge to listen, remain approachable and responsive to you all at all times. Servanthood will be at the heart of my exercise of duty.

To succeed, I will need your prayers and continued intellectual engagement.

Together We Can.

Overstone Mkwapatira Kondowe(African Union For Persons With Albinism Board Chair) Overstone Kondowe

Unidentified assailant chops off toes of Albino woman in Malawi's Mzimba - The Maravi Post 20/02/2020

Unidentified assailant chops off toes of Albino woman in Malawi's Mzimba - The Maravi Post

AFRICA IS A DARK CONTINENT WHICH NEEDS LIGHT!!!!

As African Union For Persons With Albinism, we will work diligently to make sure that people with Albinism will have full and equal enjoyment of human rights!!!

Unidentified assailant chops off toes of Albino woman in Malawi's Mzimba - The Maravi Post The Maravi Post Human Rights Unidentified assailant chops off toes of Albino woman in Malawi's Mzimba

Photos from African Union For Persons With Albinism's post 10/02/2020

We thank God that African Union for Persons With Albinism Chair Person Mr Overstone Kondowe was selected as one of the delegates to represent Southern and East Africa in France...

HISTORY MADE!!!
26 January 2020, Paris, France
Persons with albinism from 6 regions of the world just voted unanimously to form an official global alliance on albinism!

The vote is a first step to promote solidarity among albinism groups around the world. It is also a big NO to attacks, discrimination and ignorance and a big YES to a better quality of life for all persons with albinism and their families around the world.

To find out more about albinism around the world, read https://undocs.org/A/74/190.

18/12/2019

Claiming regional space for self representation . For ages you have acted on our behalf but time has come for you to work, speak, stand NOT for us but WITH US.

From the AUPA Board Chair Mr Overstone Kondowe (Malawi)

10/11/2019

Let’s welcome Mr Newton Kwamla Katseku. Newton Kwamla Katseku is an educationist as well as disability and human rights activist. He has over 12 years experience in programming and managing development, human Rights, disability and leadership programmes.
Newton held a number of positions of trust and discharged his duties diligently.
He is currently the executive director of Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism (GAPA), advocacy and communication committee member of Ghanata Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD).
Newton Katseku is as well a vice chairman of African Albinism beauty Pageant.
Newton is also a leading member
of FAPAAO -West African Federation of albinism Organisations.

Newton is currently a board member in charge of program, policy and communications who doubled as board secretary to the African Union for Persons with Albinism (AUPA), an African’s pioneer continental albinism movement founded in 2019 whose mission is to unite existing, and assist in the creation of new, albinism organizations in order to ensure that persons with albinism are treated with dignity and consistent with the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

Newton is currently seeking to be elected as a members of district assembly in Ho west district- Abutia Agove electoral area to be part of the legislative process at the lower level of governance in Ghana.

09/11/2019

Let’s welcome Ms Brenda Mudzimu , the Project Coordinator of African Union for Persons With Albinism. She’s a registered General Nurse by profession , a cosmetologist , did business management and merchandising . She’s an advocate for persons with albinism. Brenda is the founder of the Miss Albinism Zimbabwe Trust and Mr and Miss Albinism Africa , an organization that holds an annual beauty pageants among other things with an objective to raise awareness of the current circumstances and the rights of people with albinism and to draw the attention of the public at large to the need for People with Albinism to be accepted as equal citizens and to claim their rightful place in society.

Brenda is an artist and a motivational speaker who hopes for a change in the Albinism community .

She will be conducting a 4 months project where AUPA is the sub grantee of African Disability Alliance Alliance to unite existing, and assist in the creation of new, albinism organizations to: ensure that people with albinism are treated with dignity and respect according to the law, heritage and human rights consistent with the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and all other relevant international and regional human rights instruments; to provide complete and accurate information relative to albinism to those with the condition, medical professionals, educators and the public; and to promote scientific research to more fully understand and manage albinism.

09/11/2019

Attack of a 7 Years ago girl in Kitwe

We have compiled the story of the attack of a 7 Years Old girl after visiting the family and interviewing her parents. we don't just rely on midea reports but we get stories from the victims themselves. The following is what happed and this is from the parents perspective

Mr and Mrs Mulenga have been married for over 5 years and have 2 children. The eldest is Dorothy Mulenga who is 7 years old who also has Albinism. They live in Village called Mutupa Kantente area on a 2 acles farm in Kitwe, copper belt province. They are both farmers.

On the night of Wednesday 6th November 2019 the family were asleep when suddenly they heard a loud noise coming from the children 's bedroom. Dorothy sleeps with her young sister who is 3 years old (she does not have Albinism)
"our last born started crying at night and my wife went to check on her"
Mr Joseph narrated.
Sadly this was not the usual cry but their child was crying because someone had broken into their bedroom.

"when I went to check on the children I suddenly saw 3 people in their bedroom armed with machetes "
His wife she explained.
Mrs Mulenga then screamed and called for her husband telling him that thieves had broken in to the house. They 3 armed criminals entered through the window.
" I saw 2 people grabbing my daughter while the other one stood at the door to stop me from entering the room"
the criminal threatened to hit her with a machete if she moved any closer so she just kept on shouting and calling for help.

"they carried Dorothy outside the room to the road side where I heard her scream as they chopped of her hand "
By the time her husband was coming to the scene the criminals ran away with Dorothy's left hand and some of her hair. They quickly rushed to the roadside where Dorothy was laying screaming in pain.

" we tie a cloth on the wound and rushed her to the hospital " he said.
They had to walk for 2 hours with the child on her back to the clinic after leaving the other child with a relative.
" we reached the police around 03hrs and reported the case. They gave us a taxi to Kitwe general hospital where Dorothy was admitted "
Thursday morning the attack hit the air waves as jaunalists and other people visited the girl in hospital. Police also visited the site where the attack happened from and later in the day it became news on most media houses as they reported about the attack. Government issued a statement conderming the attack and so did the Albinism community

Dorothy is still in hospital but now stable and responding to treatment.
"we are asking from we'll wishers to help us relocate to another place as we are afraid to go back to the village " Mr and Mrs Mulenga appealed for support
They are afraid that the criminals may come back to finish what they have started.

AFZ

As African Union for Persons With Albinism , we are saddened and disappointed about our fellow Africans who act like this against People with Albinism . We should take action as Africans with Albinism with the help of all Africangovernments to overcome these challenges . This should stop with immediate effect!!! Rise up Africa!!!

08/11/2019

Let’s welcome the African Union for persons Chair . Mr Overstone Kondowe is a passionate disability and human rights practitioner and activist. He has over 15 years of experience in programming and managing development, human Rights, disability and governance programmes. He is currently studying for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Governance and Human Security Studies at Centre for African Studies at Edinburgh University. He has Master’s degree in Environmental Protection and Management with the University of Malawi. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Diploma in Education from the University of Malawi. Overstone has always been a passionate human rights defender for persons with albinism from his childhood and has always stood up for justice and humanity. No wonder he is currently the Chairperson for the African Union for Persons with Albinism (AUPA), an African’s pioneer continental albinism movement founded in 2019 whose mission is to unite existing, and assist in the creation of new, albinism organizations in order to ensure that persons with albinism are treated with dignity and consistent with the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

Before elected Chairperson of AUPA, he was the President of the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM). Outside the albinism movement Overstone has worked as a University Lecturer at Livingstonia and Catholic University of Malawi. He also worked with the government of Malawi as a Secondary School teacher at Ministry of Education and later as an Environmental Officer at the Environmental Affairs Department headquarters. While working in NGOs, Overstone served as a Programmes Manager at Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA) and OSSED Malawi in the field of inclusive education, disability rights, security governance, water and sanitation, and integrated nutrition and value chains. Currently, he is the National Coordinator for the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi. Overstone has massive experience in human rights advocacy at community level, national level and international level such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and Committee. He was part of the think tank behind the development of the Albinism Regional Plan and the adoption of the same at the African Union.

As an Activist and leader of the albinism movement in Malawi, Overstone has provided frontline leadership in human rights advocacy and awareness, policy and legal reforms and demanding accountability from government on various governance challenges facing persons with albinism in the country including ritual attacks and discrimination. He is the man behind the sporadic growth of APAM since 2016 probably, making it a leading organization of persons with albinism in Africa. On the other hand, through advocacy he has managed to influence government of Malawi to be the first country in Africa to come up with a National Action Plan on albinism, government funding for the implementation of the Plan, the National Technical Committee on Albinism. Currently, through APAM is lobbying government for a specific policy on albinism and local sunscreen production. Despite the fact that the government has managed to co-opt several Civil Society Organizations (CSO) leaders, Overstone Kondowe is one of the few CSO leaders who have refused to be corrupted and he has mobilized a network of upcoming activists to fill the gap. He has and continues to provide technical leadership on several national programs, research and advocacy initiatives targeting persons with albinism.

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