On women’s day, the international development organization Sightsavers has issued a strong call to action, demanding that all health services be accessible to women and girls, including those with disabilities.
With millions of women around the world unable to get the care they need; they are limited in their ability to contribute to society. Sightsavers is working to change this by pushing for women’s access to quality medical care.
Sightsavers Role in Disabled Women Health
This news item brings to light the critical role that organizations play in furthering the rights of women and girls globally, as well as the urgent need to priorities women’s healthcare.
Sightsavers is honoring the trailblazing and genuine women of substance who are working to make this happen on International Women’s Day.
Abia Akram is an example of such a powerful woman; she is a board member and a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She defied adversity and stood firm to ensure that disabled women and girls were heard.
Abia has been a driving force behind the disabled youth and women’s movement in Pakistan and the Asia-Pacific. Reforming policies and laws is crucial, says Abia, since it leads to a systemic shift in how disabled women and girls are treated.
Country Director for Sightsavers Munazza Gillani expresses her gratitude to all women like this. Compared to males without disabilities, she stated, “Women with disabilities are three times more likely to not obtain the healthcare they need.“
Without concerted effort, women and girls will continue to suffer disproportionately and men’s achievements will continue to outpace those of women and girls in school and the workforce.
To read our blog on “International Women’s Day importance and its 2023 theme,” click here.