12.05.2015 | World Vitiligo Day 2015: a quick update.

You are one of nearly half a million people to have signed our petition to the UN Secretary General, asking for June 25th to be officially designated World Vitiligo Day (WVD). The more names we have, the stronger we are – so thank you for your support.

Many of you ask questions about WVD, so here is a rundown of the most common queries:

  • Where are the World Vitiligo Day 2015 headquarters?

This year, the headquarters will be in Shenyang, China, under the presidency of Prof. Xing-Hua Gao, MD, Chairman and Professor of Department of Dermatology, No.1 Hospital of China Medical University (see photo here below).

  • Which country do the most petition signatures come from?

That distinction currently belongs to India, followed by the US, Indonesia and then China. You can see a full, up to date breakdown here.

  • Is there an official color, image or logo for WVD?   

In a word, no! We encourage individual organizations to use whatever works best for them. VITSAF in Nigeria, for example, uses purple, whereas others are using a black and white combination.

  • Is there a WVD T-shirt?

Yes, thanks to Olumide Omololu who won a competition in 2014 to design an ‘unofficial’ WVD T-shirt. This proved so popular that we distributed 1500 of the shirts to support groups across the world, but we have now run out of stock. So, if you want to wear WVD T-Shirt, try doing it yourself - just download the design file you like from here and then send or take it to a print on demand T-shirt shop.

  • Do you have anything I can use to help promote WVD?

Yes, we have put together a media toolkit to help you launch local awareness campaigns. Go here and scroll down to the ‘Media’ section to find the relevant downloads.

  • What can I do to help?

Signing our petition and telling people about WVD is a great start. More specifically, we are currently asking dermatologists and beauty clinics to offer free skin check-ups for vitiligo and other pigmentation disorders on or around June 25th. Last year, 50+ participating doctors and clinics in 17 countries provided free consultations to well over three thousand patients. So, if you’re a dermatologist or beautician, or you know somebody who is and can help us, we would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line.

If you already have something planned for World Vitiligo Day then please do let us know by emailing info@25June.org. We’ll add your activity to our WVD calendar of events.

See what happened where last year on June 25.

World Vitiligo Day in China


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Why Is It Important

There are a lot of people who don't want you to stand up for your rights and demand a cure. They say vitiligo is not life threatening and not contagious, and you must embrace a life of a pariah, hiding yourself from sunlight and from the society.

Vitiligo is an under-researched disease resulting in milky white skin patches on the skin. The breadth and complexity of the disease require international collaboration in therapy development. The severity of the disease calls for national healthcare support.

So, speak up for your condition and your rights. Sign the letter to tell the UN Secretary-General that you want recognition and support. It would be appreciated if you could give every member of your family or group an opportunity for signing.

Signatures count

We have collected 503191 signatures of the target 500000 (100.64%). Now let’s get 1 million signatures!


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