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Celebrating Women living with Vitiligo & altered images

Celebrating Women living with Vitiligo & altered images

March 8, 2014
Celebrating Women living with Vitiligo & altered images
Celebrating Women living with Vitiligo & altered images

The skin is the most visible organ of the human body; hence any visible imperfection apparently instinctively affects an individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem. We live in a world deeply invested with the idea of physical beauty. Having an unusual visual appearance and skin imperfections, especially a chronic one like Vitiligo, can be particularly difficult in a society that places a strong emphasis on physical appearance, and one in which we are constantly exposed to images of the idealized ‘perfect’ body and face. The challenge of living with vitiligo and skin imperfection in a world where flawlessness is celebrated and publicized in every area of life is too important to be ignored. It is a condition deserving of the world’s urgent attention.

Vitiligo is a much neglected, underestimated and deeply misunderstood non-contagious skin condition without enough medical guidance and social acceptance. In sub-Saharan Africa particularly, Vitiligo is not only a visible disfiguring skin problem, it is attended by widespread direct & indirect discrimination, with the stigma usually fueled by powerful myths and cultural beliefs (the condition is believed by many to be wrath of the gods, confused as burns, a mystery, a curse, magical and or spiritual attack). As a result of the myths, Vitiligo is often viewed as a bad omen.

My little argument for today as many would not stop giving the impression especially in our society that worrying about such things as Vitiligo is vain.

Research has shown that a significant proportion of people experiences psychosocial distress in relation to their appearance challenges/altered image. Could it be because psychosocial needs were poorly met in current outpatient care or were not met at all?

Today I celebrate these women who amidst all of the challenges are standing tall and living. We have many of us who are just existing out there, this celebrating them too with much love and acceptance. We hope to get us all there someday.

I am not out to seek pity, but if any at all, its complete empathy. If you have any for us, please support us with a signature on our petition http://25june.org as you join us to celebrate this great women today,

  • It’s all about improving the Quality of Life’s (QoL) of individuals living with Vitiligo,
  • it’s all about Social inclusion,
  • To raise the profile of psychological and psychosocial impact of Vitiligo and altered images amidst health and social.
  • It’s all about awakening consciousness of the global medical and health community to this underestimated and neglected condition

Today I celebrate you anywhere you are, rural or urban areas of Africa and the World. Much Love to all Women living and distressed with Vitiligo, we are beautiful, bold, courageous and everything God has made us to be!!!