Council highlights Gender Equity

Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
I was delighted that the Council of Members meeting this year shone a spotlight on gender equity in both our programme work and within our organisations. When the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins - Women Deliver. The latest data shows that 55% of the world’s vision impaired are women. In industrialised countries…

Opt In: Gender Equity baseline

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB
Gender inequality is pervasive and entrenched in global health, including in eye health. IAPB member organisations are invited to participate in a research project to establish a baseline of gender responsiveness in IAPB. What is involved? Organisations are invited to complete an online questionnaire that will take 5-10 minutes. The questions relate to the gender…

Taking stock of Gender Equality: My experience at Women Deliver 2019

Childhood Blindness and Low vision Coordinator
Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO)

I recently attended the Women Deliver 2019 conference (June 3-6) in Vancouver, Canada. It is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. It was my first time attending and I was eager to learn from pioneers and advocates of gender equality. Power, progress and change…

Five women who help us see

The Fred Hollows Foundation Philippines celebrated International Women’s Day 2019 by featuring five women making an impact in the eye health sector. In Filipino society, we look up to women as our “ilaw ng tahanan,” – light bearers who guide us and help us see. On International Women’s Day, we look at the stories of…

Noor Dubai advocates for gender balance in eye healthcare in light of International Women’s Day

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2018: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Noor Dubai Foundation (Noor Dubai) highlighted its efforts in promoting gender balance in eye healthcare in developing countries. Noor Dubai Foundation aims to empower women through the gift of sight in line with the directives of the UAE government and the United Nations 2030…

Seva Canada’s new Gender and Blindness booklet

Marketing and Communications Director
Organisation: Seva Canada

Seva Canada has taken a leadership role in the gender and blindness global initiative, pioneering almost two decades of improvement in this area. In 1999, we supported the first research on gender inequity in the treatment of blindness and visual impairment done by the British Columbia Centre for Epidemiological and International Ophthalmology (BCEIO) and the…

Welcoming 2018 at Seeing is Believing

Project Officer, Seeing is Believing
Organisation: IAPB

2017 was an exciting year for Seeing is Believing (SiB).  As of December 2017, there are 49 active projects in 27 countries. Highlights from 2017 included the successful close out of some of our large East Africa Child Eye Health consortium projects, click here to find out the impact they had. We have now implemented 167 eye…

Gender Equity Work Group established

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
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…

International Women’s Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

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…

Gender and equitable access: my experiences

Organisation: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr. Paul Courtright from the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology talks about how tackling gender inequities in eye care require engagement at the community level. Sr. Ndossi counseling a family regarding cataract surgery in Arumeru District in Arusha Region, Tanzania Before 1989 I never thought much about gender…

Gender barriers in Africa

CEO Orbis Africa
Organisation: CEO Orbis Africa

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Lene Øverland, CEO of Orbis Africa writes on the barriers that African women face accessing eye care and what difference it can make to their lives. For decades, Susana Saliyembe has had one of the most important jobs on planet Earth: raising her children and grandchildren. Increasingly, scientists…