University of the Fraser Valley

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

Impact Facts
Type of Innovative Solution
Gender Equality Marker (0-3)
  • Gender transformative (GE3)
Type of Innovative Solution
Sustainable Development Goals
  • 5 - Gender Equality
Type of Innovative Solution
Type of Innovative Solution
  • Approach

Project Details

The University of the Fraser Valley &​ Albinism Royal Foundation will work on a project 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, will be empowered to be leaders, role models, and advocates for the rights of persons with albinism and gender equality. The project focuses on building women’s and girls’ skills in advocacy and leadership, secure livelihoods, and financial literacy. The experiences of these women and their families will 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.