Through women’s eyes

The hegemonic concept of masculinity: barriers for equal eye care in Bolivia

The concept of gender in Bolivia has been linked to the figure of the women since its inception. The actions undertaken by local administrations in regards to this subject have helped clarify the social, economic and political situation of women, and subsequently reduce some of the most obvious inequalities.  However, it must be said that […]

360 trained women to become eye health promoters in Bolivia

In its fight to combat avoidable blindness and within the framework of its gender strategy 2018 – 2020, Eyes of the world has as one of its priority axes the promotion of the individual and collective empowerment of women. In this regard, the Eyes of Bolivia programme has given a leading role to Tarija and […]

Gender perspective in Mozambique’s eye healthcare

Gender equality is one of the main principles in Eyes of the world’s activities. Faced with the lack of data about gender roles’ effect on eye healthcare for women in Inhambane (Mozambique), Eyes of the world decided to carry out a gender diagnose. Our goal has been to identify the hindrances that prevent Mozambican women […]

“New masculinities” for an equalitarian ocular health

In the implementation of gender perspective in the actions that Eyes of the world takes on the ground, the Foundation is including the concept “new masculinities”, questioning the traditional male model that assigns roles to each sex and generates patterns that reproduce stereotypes allocated to what is masculine and what is feminine. The concept “new […]

New game corner at the consultations in Bolivia

One of the goals of Eyes of the world is to provide a significant improvement in the living conditions of women in Bolivia. In order to do this, the Foundation wants to guarantee women right to eye health by ensuring that they have the same opportunities and resources as men when it comes to accessing […]

Interview to Irene Vilà, volunteer optometrist in Eyes of the world

Irene Vilà Porsell is a Catalan optometrist with a degree in Optics and Optometry of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. During her postgraduate studies of Clinical Optometry at the Institute of Ocular Microsurgery (IMO), she took part in the IMO Foundation’s Eye Health Program doing medical examination in some schools in disadvantaged areas of Catalonia […]

Interview to Maria Helena Filipe Duzenta, manager of the Vilankulos Optical Workshop

Maria Helena Filipe Duzenta is the administrative secretary of the Banco d’Óculos of Vilankulos, the first optical workshop in Eastern Africa managed entirely by women. Maria Helena has worked there since its opening in November 2016. The optical workshop, concieved and founded by Eyes of the world and managed by the women’s association AMODEVI, allows […]

Vilankulo’s Optical Shop: opening Mozambique’s eyes while empowering women

In Mozambique, 41% of the population suffers from serious eye conditions, a percentage higher than that of the neighboring countries. The number of people over fifty who suffer from preventable blindness is ten times higher in Mozambique than it is in Spain. Additionally, difficulty in accessing eye healthcare for women is way above average: 76% […]

Five difficulties women face regarding eye health in the world’s most impoverished countries

According to IAPB (the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness), 55% of blind people worldwide are women. In most cases, those women could regain sight with simple surgical operations, but 89% of people with eye-related illnesses live in the most impoverished nations. In those countries, an already precarious situation for eye health issues is […]

Theatre as an educational and female empowerment tool

Theatre is a way of entertainment. But for Eyes of the world, theatre is also an educational tool to raise awareness of various different aspects that will help to improve ocular health in some of the most vulnerable areas in the world. Mozambique is one of the countries where we carry out this dissemination activity. On […]