NorQuest College

PROJECT: Empowering Women in Rural India By Debunking Feminine Eye Health Myths

Impact Facts
Type of Innovative Solution
Gender Equality Marker (0-3)
  • Gender transformative (GE3)
Type of Innovative Solution
Sustainable Development Goals
  • 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
Type of Innovative Solution
Type of Innovative Solution
  • Product / Service Delivery

Project Details

In collaboration with Operation Eyesight India and the Rotary Eye & ENT Hospital (REEH), this innovative solution proposes to recruit, train, and equip eight local female community health workers (LFCHWs) to provide eye health services in a majority women-staffed Mobile Vision Centre that will visit 15 villages in the Chenani block of Udhampur district, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The LFCHWs will provide education on women and girls’ eye health, eye care services targeting women and girls, and will also serve men and boys village-wide. These services will help to debunk sexist eye health myths which lead residents to believe that women and girls who wear spectacles are unhealthy, behaved sinfully in past lives, and are less desirable for marriage.