‘Leaving No One Behind’: Empowering Persons with Albinism, Particularly Women and Adolescent Girls in Rural Regions of Sierra Leone

  • Sustainable Development Goal :5 - Gender Equality
  • Gender Equality Marker :Gender Transformative (GE3)
  • Testing Country :Sierra Leone
  • Testing Period :15 months
  • Amount :$242,910

The University of the Fraser Valley and​ Albinism Royal Foundation worked on a solution to empower women and girls with albinism, as well as women with children with albinism in Sierra Leone. These women and girls, who experience marginalization and stigmatization, were empowered to be leaders, role models, and advocates for the rights of persons with albinism and gender equality. The project focused on building women’s and girls’ skills in advocacy and leadership, secure livelihoods, and financial literacy. 

The experiences of these women and their families were also be captured through the use of participatory tools and approaches such as photovoice and digital storytelling. Telling their own stories (including successes and challenges), and sharing them with policymakers, government officials, community leaders, law enforcement bodies, schools, health workers, business leaders, and other NGOs and donors can build a better and a more equitable future for all persons with albinism.

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