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Focus on Gender Equity 2022 - Webinar

2030 In Sight for Gender Equity

Date: 6th June 2022

Time: 12:00 PM GMT+1  

The Webinar, 2030 In Sight for Gender Equity will discuss actions needed to be taken now, to accelerate efforts to elevate, integrate and activate equitable gender practices to meet the eye care needs of women and girls. The experts will offer their insights on addressing gender inequity and resulting inequalities through an intersectional lens and how this approach can help organisations to become inclusive in policies, structures, leadership, programmes and service delivery.

The webinar will present examples of intersecting discrimination in areas such as disability, gender, ethnicity, age etc. and a proactive approach towards working in an intersectional way. The webinar will also explore the recent Gender Equity in Eye Health survey report which was launched in April, to understand the opportunities and challenges for eye health, with reference to the IAPB Gender Equity Toolkit which can support organisations to further their gender equity journey.

At the end of the session participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Intersectionality – what it is and how to proactively approach intersectionality to reach the unreached and achieve 2030 In Sight. Participants will know where to find resources on intersectionality in the GE Toolkit.
  • Opportunities and challenges from the 2021 IAPB Gender Equity in Eye Health survey including organizational policies and gender parity in leadership.
  • Relevant resources available in GE Toolkit to embed gender equity in your organisation and the delivery of eye care services.



Jennifer Gersbeck

Jennifer Gersbeck

The Fred Hollows Foundation and Chair, IAPB Gender Equity Work Group

Jennifer has extensive experience working in government and the not for profit sector, leading a wide range of social marketing campaigns aimed at raising awareness, changing behaviour and influencing key decision makers. She has worked across the health, disability and international development sectors and has a reputation for fostering collaboration and delivering results by applying innovative strategic approaches to advocacy.

Under Jennifer’s leadership, Vision 2020 Australia was transformed from an aspiring peak body to a highly respected and successful organisation with a reputation as an international leader in the eye health and vision care sector.

Jennifer joined The Fred Hollows Foundation in 2016. In addition to managing sector engagement globally and leading advocacy efforts across The Foundation, she is a champion for gender equity working to end gender discrimination in eye health and embed equity and inclusion in all aspects of The Foundation’s work.

Jennifer is a Trustee on the Board of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness where she continues to promote positive action towards gender and inclusion, chairing the Gender Equity Work Group.

In 2019 Jennifer was awarded a fellowship under Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Throughout 2020-2021, Jennifer will engage in inter-disciplinary academic learning, leadership development and peer-to-peer collaboration to develop a social impact project focused on sustainable and equitable eye health.

Sumrana Yasmin

Sumrana Yasmin

Senior Global Technical Lead for Refractive Error, Sightsavers

Sumrana Yasmin is currently seconded to the World Health Organization to support its work in that field. She is also a member of IAPB working groups on Gender Equity, Refractive Errors and School Eye Health. As a professional in international development, particularly in eye health and social inclusion, she has been working with various non-profit organisations in different capacities to support and manage programmes globally.

She actively promotes gender equity by documenting and researching gender issues related to health, education, and sustainable development; strengthening the capacity of partner organisations to integrate gender equity in various initiatives; networking with like-minded organisations; advocating for gender equity and social inclusion in development policies and strategies; and supporting women’s empowerment and leadership in programme development.

Mathilde Umuraza

Mathilde Umuraza

Mathilde Umuraza is gender expert at Light for the World International since March 2022. She is one of founders of UNABU (Umuryango Nyarwanda w’Abagore bafite Ubumuga -Rwandan Organisation of Women with Disabilities) and she had been chairing the organisation until late February 2022.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Master of Arts and currently she is pursuing a PhD of Arts in the diaconic sciences in Germany. Of Rwanda nationality, she describes herself as a woman a and a person with physical disability. For more than twenty years, she has been engaging especially with women with disabilities, their organisations through education on rights, empowerment, and leadership development, and in lobbying and advocacy at national and international level for gender and inclusive society.

Elizabeth Kishiki

Elizabeth Kishiki

Childhood Blindness and Low Vision Coordinator, Kilimanjaro Centre Community Ophthalmology, KCCO

Elizabeth is a champion for eye care services for women and girls in countries where they often have less access to services than men. She is a skilled planner, researcher, and teacher and has been working with KCCO for the last 16 years, making a measurable impact in developing eye care services among marginalized groups and has developed innovative programmes to reach women and children in isolated areas.

She has worked with leaders in eye care to develop comprehensive child eye care services to benefit children of Africa and has been involved in writing a series of manuals to assist hospitals and eye health professionals in the child eye health field. She is also a published researcher on topics and questions related to childhood blindness and pediatric eye care services.