Light for the World announces Her Abilities Award

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

On International Women’s Day 2018, Light for the World announced the launch of Her Abilities, the first global award honouring women with disabilities who have achieved greatness in their life or field of work. Inspired by being awarded The Spirit of Helen Keller Award on International Women’s Day and The Right Livelihood Award in 2017, Light for the World…

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…

Women in eye care: my journey

Senior Director, Innovation and Sight Programs
Organisation: Seva Foundation

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr Suzanne Gilbert from the Seva Foundation writes on her journey in eye care. Women’s Day prompts me to reflect on the many ways women influence this work. As patients, as community leaders, local NGO members, national implementers, and INGO catalysts. For today, I am also thinking of…

Innovative solutions for eye care for women in Bangladesh

Regional Communications Coordinator
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Fred Hollows Foundation (courtesy Alison Carmody, Zara Khair and Bonnie Skinner) shines light on the work they are doing in Bangladesh to make eye care more accessible for women. Women in rural Bangladesh following an outreach eye camp/ Photo courtesy: The Fred Hollows Foundation Standard Chartered Bank’s…