International Women’s Day

Join us on 8 March and help us #BreakTheBias in society that prevents women and girls from fulfilling their potential.

A group of women wearing colourful headscarves smile and laugh during a puppet show in their community.

International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates women’s rights, promotes gender equality and honours the achievements of women worldwide.

The day isn’t affiliated with a single group: each year, global governments, businesses, charities and women’s organisations come together to organise worldwide events including marches, talks, rallies and more.

At Sightsavers, all our programmes take gender into consideration and we campaign for a world free from disability discrimination, particularly for women and girls who may face high levels of marginalisation.

We all have a part to play in breaking the bias and creating a more equal world. Make sure women aren’t left behind by making a donation or joining our campaign.

A woman stands with her arms crossed in front of her chest.

Strike the pose!

Help us #BreakTheBias: take a selfie crossing your arms, then tag and share on social media.

How to get involved
I love seeing the change for a woman with a disability, from thinking she’s good for nothing to saying ‘I can’.
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame, Ghana
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame from Ghana smiles while holding her hands in a crossed position in front of her chest.

Why is International Women’s Day important?

Women are more likely to be blind or have visual impairment than men, and have poorer access to eye care services. Nearly half of all visual impairment could have been avoided, but 24 million women are blind and 163 million women have a moderate to severe visual impairment.

Women are up to four times as likely to develop advanced trachoma than men, and are nearly twice as likely to be blinded by this excruciating disease. Women are often the primary caregivers, which puts them at greater risk of catching the trachoma infection from their children, or passing it on to them.

Women with disabilities are three times more likely to have unmet needs for health care when compared to men without disabilities. They are also three times more likely to be illiterate and two times less likely to be employed. Among those employed, women with disabilities are two times less likely to work as legislators, senior officials or managers.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together we can fight for women’s equality worldwide and #BreaktheBias.

Norah smiles while sitting in a wheelchair outside near her home. There is lush green vegetation in the background and dusty brown soil on the ground.

Join our campaign

Our Equal World campaign makes sure women and girls with disabilities aren’t left behind.

About the campaign

Meet the women helping to #BreakTheBias

Dr Jalikatu wearing surgical scrubs, holding her hands crossed in front of her chest.

“As a woman, you’re always trying to prove that you belong”

As Sierra Leone’s first female ophthalmologist and head of national eye care, Dr Jalikatu Mustapha is challenging stereotypes and blazing a trail for women in medicine.
Read Dr Jalikatu’s story

Pelagie stands while holding her arms crossed in front of her chest.

“Women can go further than they are made to believe”

In Benin and Togo, entomologist Pelagie Boko-Collins is laying the foundations for more women to lead in the fight against neglected tropical diseases.
Read Pelagie’s story

Syeda Asma stands with her arms crossed in front of her chest.

“Every day is women’s day when you cherish women’s dignity”

Asma manages Sightsavers’ inclusive eye health project in Bangladesh and Pakistan, which is breaking down the barriers women face when accessing eye care services.
Read Asma’s story

Pascaline stands with her arms crossed in front of her chest.

“We train disabled women to give them courage to participate in politics”

Pascaline Mekati Matoko, the founder of Deaf Rights Cameroon Association, is passionate about promoting the rights of girls and women with disabilities.
Read Pascaline’s story on our campaigns website

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