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The 2030 In Sight for Gender Equity webinar on 6 June, discussed the tools, resources and approaches to walk the talk to Gender Equity and achieving the SDG’s.
With less than a decade to go for achieving 2030 goals, evidence suggests that the number of women and girls living with moderate and severe vision impairment is greater than men and boys in all regions of the world. Of the 1.1 billion people with untreated vision loss, 55% are women and most live in low and middle-income countries (LMIC)1. Globally, women are underrepresented at all levels of decision-making.2. A recent report by the WHO states “women who deliver global health and yet men lead it. Although women make up 70% of the health workforce, they hold only 25% of senior roles3. The IAPB ‘Gender Equity in Eye health’ 2021 survey report, reveals that only 57% of the respondents have made a public statement or commitment to gender equity.
The webinar included presentations on intersectional approaches to gender equity and the fact sheet on intersectionality from Light for the World, the gender equity toolkit and how organizations can use the information and resources included to kick start and/or continue promoting gender equity.
The panel then discussed more on the importance of moving beyond gender equity in programming to prioritizing it organizationally. The question on “what are practical approaches to ensure we have the right voices at the table” sparked a discussion about being ‘intentional’ and ‘genuine’ in the inclusion of women and girls.
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Moderator: Jennifer Gersbeck, Executive Director – Global Advocacy at The Fred Hollows Foundation; Co Chair, IAPB Gender Equity Work Group
Special thanks: IAPB Gender Equity Work Group
Initiative Supported by: Santen
Image on top: Eyeglasses allow community members to continue to pursue what they\’re already experts at- such as weaving and sewing- with excellence and without the barrier of a vision impairment/Partners for Andean Community Health
Focus on Gender Equity, throughout the year, shares knowledge, inspiration and ideas from some of the world’s most innovative experts and inserts eye health and Gender Equality onto the agenda of the world’s most pressing development issues and is supported by Santen.