Vision loss has far-reaching implications, for the women affected, as well as their families, communities and economies. For girls with vision loss, it is almost impossible to access education, locking them out of future employment and perpetuating a cycle of poverty.
A health and gender issue
Image by Usman Jamshed for the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation
Evidence shows that women and girls experience a disproportionate burden of sight loss and face additional barriers to accessing eye health services and assistive products with the same frequency as men. Currently, 55% of people with vision loss are women and girls, with the majority living in low-and-middle-income-countries. By not addressing the intersectional root causes and response mechanisms of eye health issues amongst women, as well as their under-representation in eye health provider leadership, they will remain a vulnerable population excluded from opportunity, trapped in poverty and disproportionately impacted by social, economic and climate-related shocks.