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Gender Equity

An important forum for raising awareness, sharing ideas and disseminating evidence on gender equity approaches.


The primary role of the Gender Equity Work Group is to facilitate shared learning and exchange of good practices on and inform/guide IAPB’s advocacy efforts on gender equity.

The Gender Equity Work Group works to foster partnerships and collaboration between NGOs who are active around gender equity. The group facilitates learning and seeks to inform, and advocate for, gender equity in eye health.

Activities / priorities

The Work Group will:

  • Form and foster partnership and collaboration between NGOs who are active around gender equity;
  • Monitor key events and policy processes relevant to gender equity;
  • Develop an advocacy strategy to influence key stakeholders around gender equity;
  • Collate and disseminate knowledge and information and encourage research about gender equity;
  • Prepare policy papers, position statements and other external communications around gender equity for the IAPB Board’s consideration;
  • Act as a forum for information exchange, learning and debate regarding gender equity;
  • Share relevant information and analysis with the wider IAPB membership, other IAPB work groups, and the IAPB Board;
  • Facilitate stakeholders to build evidence for gender equity in eye health.


The Work Group will meet by teleconference at least twice a year, or face to face where possible. Opportunities for face-to-face meetings, where possible, will be sought around other events that may already see the attendance of the Work Group members.


Membership of the Gender Equity Work Group is open to all IAPB members engaged in Gender Equity. All Work Group members are expected to actively contribute their expertise and knowledge to ensure the group meets its stated objectives.

For more information on the Gender Equity Work Group and how to get involved, get in touch!

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