In 2017, the national Census report stated that there are 113,595 persons with disabilities in Fiji
This was highlighted by Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum while launching the International Albinism Awareness Day at Sukuna Park.
Sayed‑Khaiyum adds that 13.7 percent of the population in Fiji aged three and above are living with disabilities adding that this years theme which is shining our light to the world is aimed at raising awareness on the stigmatization, discrimination and isolation faced by persons with albinism in their everyday life.
Sayed-Khaiyum says that the idea of this day is to ensure that just because a person has albinism, it doesn’t mean people discriminate against them.
The Attorney General also highlighted that earlier this year, Parliament had passed a Bill for an Act to make provisions for the recognition and protection for Rights of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.ADVERTISEMENT Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.