Through the Eyes of Women and Girls

Blindness is a gender issue that no one is talking about. 55% of people suffering from blindness are female. 70% of patients suffering from blinding trachoma are women. Below, we discuss some of the reasons for this and the women who are doing something about it. After all, a brighter future for women is a brighter future for the planet.

In many parts of the world gender inequality means women face additional barriers to accessing eye care that men don't.

These barriers might include a lack of education, limited decision-making power and restricted access to financial resources. In other words, a woman may not be aware that treatment is available for her poor vision or may not be able to travel or pay for treatment.

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What We're Doing

Here are few of the gender-focused eye care projects helping empower women and tackle this injustice.


Recent global data on blindness trends predicts that blindness and visual impairment could triple in the next 30 years, unless we do something about it. The heart-breaking fact is that the most vulnerable segments of our population- women and children - will be disproportionately affected by crisis.

We have recently launched a new three-year Global Strategic Plan where we have made it a priority to tackle this injustice head on. Much of our past work has helped alleviate the burden of blindness for women and girls, but we know we need to go further if we are to seriously address this imbalance.

We know that by empowering women to access eye care, it will not only help address gender inequalities but will have a broader impact on communities, as well as the wider economy.

This is why we are designing specific programs, like the Queen Mother's in Ghana and the Vision Centers in Bangladesh, that will help women access the eye care they deserve.