Persons with Albinism are the subject of ongoing discrimination and victimisation including physical harm and even murder for their body parts, which are valued in some circles as having “magical” properties.
Khulisa Social Solutions (“Khulisa”), has, over the past two years, been working with Persons with Albinism and Persons with Albinism-focussed organisations in Southern Africa. The intention has been to gain a greater understanding of the predicament this sector of our society face, and how civil society through restorative justice practices can assist in strengthening its fight against stigmatisation.
Khulisa’s fundamental approach, is to re-unite families and rehabilitate communities in which these families will be assisted to thrive and integrate, as wholesome family units within compassionate and empathetic societal groups. Initial evidence gained through a variety of restorative interventions has demonstrated that through adequate support and the use of storytelling healing can be achieved.
Khulisa’s observations on the ground echo the findings in the report by the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children – “children with albinism are at high risk of abandonment, discrimination and exclusion as a result of the appearance of their skin, and due to disability factors, such as impaired eyesight and high susceptibility to skin cancer and other health risks associated with albinism”. (Source: Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) A/HRC/24/57).
This project presents a vehicle of justice and redress for some of the most discriminatory and ill-informed practices of our times – abuses against People who have Albinism. We look forward to gathering more partners for this effort needing resources, voices, practitioners and persons of influence, attracting all who are determined to play a role in ending a global chapter of ignorance and shame.
Khulisa and its partners are committed to ensuring that People with Albinism gain two key advantages – firstly, gaining access to justice through a proposed reunification and restoration project, and secondly, building lives of normality and undifferentiated economic opportunities.
COLLOQUIUM IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE & CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT – 26TH/27TH NOVEMBER 2019
The Department of Justice has partnered with Khulisa from the perspective of the Department’s National Action Plan and how a colloquium to be staged in Pretoria on the 26th/27th November will demonstrate their strategic intent in fast-tracking service delivery through multi-stakeholder improvement in access to justice.
Benefits to a multi-partner programme include the public sector and community agency exposure, participation in nation-building at a critical time in our country’s history and development, and firmly positioning all stakeholders in developing a blueprint to access to justice on the Continent of Africa.
Further details to follow.