The establishment of a Gender Equity Work Group (GEWG) was endorsed at the IAPB Board of Trustees meeting in Kathmandu in September 2017. The proposal came from five NGO members (The Fred Hollows Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Seva Foundation, Helen Keller International and Sightsavers) and reflects growing interest in how we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for women working in the sector, as well as better understanding why vision impairment and blindness disproportionately affects women and what can be done about it. The GEWG will provide an important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches. The first meeting of this group will be convened alongside the IAPB Board of Trustees meeting in Dubai in mid-April 2018.
IAPB member CEOs will receive an email from me in a few weeks, calling for expressions of interest from organisations wishing to participate.