Around the world, men and women go blind at nearly the same rate. But in low-income countries, most people who receive treatment are men, Global Newswire reports.
And among children, girls make up two-thirds of kids who are living with treatable blindness.
On March 8, International Women's Day, a Canadian charity launched “Equal Right to Sight,” a multi-media campaign for gender equity in the treatment of blindness.
Seva Canada is based in Vancouver, and its mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness in developing countries.
Seva Canada pioneered research in 1999 and discovered that women made up 66 percent of the world’s blind people. Most of those women live in remote, rural areas of low-income countries.
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