The Corporate World, An Unfriendly Place For People Living With Albinism.
My name is Gamuchirai Uzande, I am the Operations Manager of Alive Albinism Initiative.
by Chiedza Mutyavaviri
Growing up in a small community in Redcliff Kwekwe, I faced challenges living with albinism since I was the only person living with albinism in my community.
It was because of my family’s extra efforts that I was able to fit in society and complete my education up to the college level.
However, I started facing challenges when it was time for me to get into the corporate world. It was very difficult to get a job because of my condition. I would apply for a job and when I got into the interview room, people would just look at me and give me negative reactions.
Some of them would shamelessly ask me, “So with your condition or skin colour, what’s our clients going to say, are they going to continue to do business with us?”
Its things like these that made me unfit in the corporate world. Yes, I once worked in the corporate world but the environment was not friendly enough for me.
That’s when I joined Alive Albinism Initiative and I must say it has been amazing because I get to teach a lot of people that albinism is not a disability. I am hopeful that the stigma against people living with albinism will end in the social and corporate world.