By Edward Makuzva
STATE owned telecommunications giant NetOne, this week joined the rest of the World in commemorating the International Albinism Awareness Day at Copota School for Blind in Masvingo.
As part of it’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the mobile network operator has an on-going partnership with the Albinism Charity Organisation in Zimbabwe (ALCOZ), which seeks raising awareness about the condition and how to manage albinism.
“Albinism is not a curse, it’s just a different skin pigmentation. We have a team that is working with ALCOZ and we are expecting tremendous results in raising awareness,” NetOne Group Chief Executive Officer, Raphael Mushawani said.
The awareness campaign is a nationwide campaign that seeks to educate people to desist from discrimination, stigmatisation and marginalisation against people living with albinism who traditionally fall victim to cultural practices and early childhood marriages.
Speaking at the same occasion, George Mafararikwa, a representative of ALCOZ explained that albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth results in a lack of pigmentation (melanin) in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light.
The State enterprise emphasised that through thier programs with different stakeholders they hope to also have many people living with albinism taking up spaces in the ICT sector and becoming competitive.
The event saw the mobile operator highlighting their commitment to programs with different stakeholders with hope to also have many people living with albinism taking up spaces in the ICT sector and becoming competitive.
The event which was sponsored by NetOne saw the company highlighting its interest in developing inclusive societies in the country.
“As NetOne, we do not want to reinvent the wheel. Our mantra is ‘Leaving No One Behind’ and this has become part of our organisation’s DNA,” NetOne spokesperson, Roselyn Chisveto said at the event.
The commemorations began with an awareness march from Masvingo CBD to Zimuto turn-off before the team then proceeded to Copota Schools for the official ceremony. The International Albinism Awareness Day was commemorated under the hashtags #UnitedInMakingOurVoiceHeard and #Inclusion4equality.