No woman left behind: Closing the gender and inclusion gap in eye health: Why improving women’s eye health is essential to achieving the SDGs

This Policy Brief published in 2023 emphasizes the importance of addressing gender disparities in eye health to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Vision impairment is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality. The policy brief reveals these disparities and barriers women face in accessing eye care. It emphasizes the need to include women's perspectives and solutions, particularly those with vision impairment. The brief suggests several recommendations for countries, such as promoting the participation of visually impaired women in decision-making, allocating more resources to women's eye health, protecting women's and girls' rights, combating discrimination, and removing gender-specific barriers to eye care access. In essence, it calls for a comprehensive approach to ensure that no woman is left behind in terms of eye health, recognizing its crucial role in reducing gender inequalities and achieving SDGs.

Publication date

September 14, 2023


United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Sponsor Institution

The Fred Hollows Foundation, Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)


UN Women, Australian Aid, The Fred Hollows Foundation
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