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Anecdotally and with some statistics available through a google search (few sites listed below) I can confidently say that there is an increasing number of females in the optometry profession. It was a pleasure to visit the Chittagong Eye Infirmary and Training Complex in Bangladesh where they have the first degree course for Optometry in Bangladesh. I met the first two cohorts of optometrists trained at the school and was pleasantly surprised that 85% of the students in the Optometry school are female. I happened to be there on International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) and we all made the #PledgeForParity. It was an exciting day at the school and I left feeling uplifted and ready to do my bit to achieve global gender parity.
The project’s engagement with community based organisations continues to promote gender equality in the delivery of eye health services.