The Albinism Society of Zimbabwe recently held the fourth edition of the Mr and Miss Albinism pageant in Harare to support people with albinism.
Held under the theme “United in Making Our Voice heard and Inclusion for equality”, the pageant advocates for acceptance, recognition and inclusion of people with albinism in communities and has been running for years under the leadership of founder Brenda Mudzimu.
Angela Dube from Bulawayo province was crowned Miss Albinism Queen 2022 while Lordwin Rimire from Midlands province outshined other contestants to emerge as the 2022 Mr Albinism.
Speaking during the event, NetOne Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Raphael Mushanawani said people with albinism must enjoy the full privileges of all human rights.
“Albinism is not a curse and as such we have collaborated in celebrating Mr and Miss Albinism annual show, a celebration to create awareness, fight discrimination, stigma and marginalization against those living with albinism. We share our opinion that people with albinism should enjoy the full privileges of all human rights and we implore other corporates and stakeholders to render their support as well,” said Mushanawani.
Albinism is a rare condition, a genetically inherited difference that occurs at birth, it is non-contagious and is caused by lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes causing lack of defence to sunlight and bright light.
The pageant has been running for years under the leadership of founder Mudzimu who also directs Miss Albinism Zimbabwe Trust pageant.