There are more women than men with sight loss in every category of vision impairment and blindness, yet they are far less likely to be able to afford or access eye care services. Four out of five women and girls don’t need to be blind, as their common eye conditions can be easily prevented or treated.
The vision of every woman and girl matters
Image by Michael Amendolia for The Fred Hollows Foundation
Women and girls are powerful forces for change when given the opportunity. Therefore, women need to be part of the conversation and play a role in making decisions that affect their health and well-being. We must work hard to ensure eye health programmes and interventions are gender-responsive, the female eye health workforce is well-supported and appropriately resourced, and women are included in policy discussions and decision-making. Gender equality today, means tackling the disproportionate impact of eye health on women and girls. Only then will we succeed in a more sustainable tomorrow.