Children of Cataract/ Photo courtesy: Julia Gunther for the #StrongerTogether photo competition
March 8th is International Women’s Day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is also used to emphasise the need for gender equality. So, we shine light on the health inequities women face through a series of blogposts by partners and people involved in delivering eye care, with an emphasis on gender: in board rooms and in research..
Lene Øverland, CEO of Orbis Africa writes about the grim reality African women face: women are 1.4 times more likely to go blind than men and how a sight restoring surgery can give back dignity and reduce the feeling of being a burden in the older population.
Paul Courtright and Suzanne Gilbert write about their experiences—personal and professional—in the positive changes that are happening to address the gender gap in eye health decision-making, both at the community and board level.
To improve access regardless of gender requires multi-pronged efforts and working within the belief system of a particular community. We can try to be #BeBoldForChange #IWD2017
Wishing everyone a very Happy International Women’s Day!