In April 2018, IAPB established a Gender Equity Work Group (GEWG) to facilitate shared learning and guide advocacy efforts on gender equity. Prior to this, a survey of members was undertaken to establish a baseline on the existing gender equity policy and practice of member organisations and inform the work of the GEWG. The survey indicated a need for the development of resources that focused on programming and service delivery approaches and the development of guidelines to inform gender equity practice.
Based on these initial discussions, the Gender Equity Toolkit was formed. The toolkit is designed as a “one stop shop” for IAPB members, providing practical content as well as links to existing resources and materials from IAPB members. Primarily the toolkit aims to consolidate current evidence, principles and practices for the design and implementation of gender focussed eye health programmes. A secondary focus includes recommendations and analysis of key issues, gaps in research and advocacy and policy development.
Tools to strengthen gender equity in your organisation
If you are interested in embedding gender equity practice inside your organisation the toolkit will assist you in the provision of organisational management and programming and advocacy that is gender sensitive, gender responsive and/or gender transformative.
Toolkit resources are divided into four sections:
Organisational Development – organisational development tools and recommendations to strengthen gender equality.
Program Design – Tools for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender equity in eye health programmes.
Program Review – Tools for integrating gender into monitoring & evaluation systems.
Education – Tools and resources to educate health providers on gender equity.
Photo credit: Woman in Ladakh receives glasses by Julie-Anne Davies
This project was born from the realisation that while we know what barriers women face in accessing eye care services, we also know that we have some assumptions about what might mitigate these barriers.