Unpacking Gender Equity Interventions

Knowledge Management Advisor
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
At The Fred Hollows Foundation we take gender equity seriously. That is why we have a team of researchers, advocators and communicators dedicated to implementing gender programmes as part of our work. “There are no ‘quick programmatic fixes’ to gender equity work. Identifying the problem doesn’t mean that the issue is resolved.” - Anita Afford,…

IAPB Gender Equity Work Group Toolkit

Global Partnerships - Relationship Manager
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

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…

Happy International Women’s Day 2020!

Global Partnerships - Relationship Manager
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first International Women’s Day (IWD) born out of labour movements in 1911. Since then, IWD has grown in reach and is now a central point for…

Achieving Gender Equity in Eye Health

Director, Institutional Partnerships
Organisation: Operation Eyesight
Vision impairment is a gender issue. Women and girls are more likely to suffer from it than men or boys. This is due to several factors, such as their traditional household roles, and the fact that they are less likely to receive access to care and treatment. More than 20 million women and girls are…

Light for the World: “Walking the Talk” – Good Practices in Gender Equality

Gender Focus Group
Organisation: Light for the World
  Of the 253 million people in the world who are visually impaired, 55% are women[i]. The overall disability prevalence rate for women is 19.2% whereas it is 12% for men.[ii] Light for the World has observed that more women are screened and diagnosed with cataract, but more men receive treatment for it. To truly…

How can we achieve an equal and inclusive world for women and girls?

Senior Global Technical Lead URE
Organisation: Sightsavers
An equal world is an enabled world – which means equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal participation for everyone. This shouldn’t be complicated to achieve, yet we know that it is. How can we make an equal world a reality for future generations? The "Equal Measures 2030" data hub provides a wealth of information to…

Achieving Gender Equity to Ensure Gender Equality in the Next Generation

Executive Director
Organisation: Seva Canada
Improving gender equity in eye health helps women and girls to get an education and work, and to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Because of the number of people involved and the magnitude of the problems, ensuring women’s right to health in this generation therefore reduces health inequities by improving use of…

Progressing gender equity at Council of Members 2019

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

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about to shift gear and the global community will be urged to do more. The SDG Summit taking place during the UN General Assembly later this month will declare a decade of action and delivery on sustainable development to start in 2020. So while the current period of the…

Nunpuii: Inspiring Young Women in India’s North-East

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story...  H Lalnunpuii, is a Project Optometrist at the Synod Hospital, Aizawl, Mizoram, India. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? As a…

Khairunissa: Gender Balance in Rural India

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A Mission for Vision partner story… Khairunissa, 68, has been working with Mission for Vision partner Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital as a social worker since the inception of the hospital in 1994 at…

Nirasha Preethirathne: Breaking Barriers in Sri Lanka

Senior Global Technical Lead URE
Organisation: Sightsavers

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. A. Nirasha Preethirathne, Vision Technician, has been working with the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation since 2009. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey? After my high-school graduation,…

Erna Takazawa: Opening Eyes in Oceania

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Fuiavailili Erna Takazawa is Samoa’s first and only Optometrist. She is also a Council member for Samoa’s Allied Health Council, a workforce support consultant for Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand and a part-time…

Amber Naz: Reaching Out In Rural Pakistan

Senior Global Technical Lead URE
Organisation: Sightsavers

These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group‘s work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amber Naz, a primary health worker from Sohawa, has been providing primary eye care to her community since 2008, but her passion and commitment motivated her to transcend geographical barriers. She is now reaching out…

Amanda Huang: Committed to Change in China

Country Manager, China
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
These blog posts are part of the IAPB Gender Equity Work Group's work to raise awareness of gender equity in eye health. Amanda Huang, a public eye health worker from China, is passionate about ending avoidable blindness and vision impairment for people living in rural China. In a country accounting for 20% of the world’s…