IAPB established the Gender Equity Work Group to provide an important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches.
The latest data shows that 55% of the world’s visually impaired are women. In industrialised countries this is largely because women live longer than men, but in non-industrialised settings, where cataract is responsible for most blindness, it is often because women do not get to access services with the same frequency as men. (Do read our posts on achieving #EachForEqual this International Women’s Day 2020).
The Gender Equity Work Group works to foster partnerships and collaboration between NGOs who are active around gender equity. The group facilitates learning and seeks to inform, and advocate for, gender equity in eye health.
Hero Image: Anagha Joshi, Eye Health Hero 2018 and Victoria Sheffield, Vice-President, IAPB. Other photos (L to R): Patients at Surkhet Eye Hospital, Photo by Prem Dixit; Amanda Davis, IAPB Regional Chair for Western Pacific speaking at 10GA; Fatama Keita, maternity nurse, Sierra Leone, Photo by Graham Coates; Women looking at the camera, photo by Yogita Rajgandhi.