• WHERE: Regions of Simiyu, Geita, Shinyanga, Kigoma and Mwanza, Tanzania
  • PERIOD: 15 months, from September 2017 to December 2018
  • BENEFICIARIES: 600 official officers, 200 religious leaders, 12,000 students and 400 teachers, 26.000 people involved in awareness campaigns and 4.000.000 people through multimedia communication campaigns
  • DONOR: Dipartimento di Stato Americano
  • PARTNERS: UTSS (leading partner), GRNC

Original title: Haki Yetu: Fighiting discrimination and violence against people with albinism

 

The context

The persecution of people affected by albinism is a phenomenon that involves at least 25 African countries. The incidence rate of mutilation and killing in Tanzania is particularly high and it represents one of the main challenges the country is facing in terms of human rights violations.

These violent crimes are often the result of myths and superstitions. Ignorance and lack of access to health care have in fact contributed to the spread of beliefs according to which people affected by albinism have healing powers and their body parts confer fortune and success to those who possess them.

 

Our objective and our intervention

For fighting this phenomenon it is necessary to tackle the root causes of the problem, fighting ignorance, discrimination and impunity.

Project activities include the strengthening of legal protection, the inclusion of civil society organizations in the definition of policies and the provision of services, the promotion of social change towards people affected by albinism.

 

For more information and updates on this project you can consult its facebook page.

 

 

This project is co-funded by the US Department of State. The contents of this publication are under the sole responsibility of CEFA and under no circumstances can be attributed to the US Department of State.

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