EURETINA Women in Retina Programme

Raising Women to their Full Potential

Background

In ophthalmology the role played by women is immense with more than 50% of ophthalmologists being female. Meanwhile, female representation at leadership level drops dramatically with only 10% holding leadership positions.

While other subspecialties, such as gynaecology, has seen increased female representation it is sadly not the case within ophthalmology.

Although more than 50% of ophthalmology peer reviewed papers are written by women, this is not the case in editorials where women are represented in less than 5% of cases.

Aim

The Board of Euretina is committed to making the Society an inclusive environment where its contributors and followers have equal opportunity to thrive in the field of retina.

The goal of the Euretina Women in Retina programme is to nurture diversity at all levels in the field of retina. The programme also aims to educate the wider ophthalmic community by supporting the professional development of promising females working in science and care in retina.

The core foundation of the Women in Retina programme is the belief that the best innovations happen when diverse people with different perspectives collaborate. The initiative will help the Society to harness these perspectives, to challenge the way things are done and allow for them to be done better. 

Programme Leaders

First leaders of the programme are Anat Loewenstein, Nicole Eter, Caroline Klaver, Tunde Peto and Dara Conlon.  A wider committee will be established comprising a combination of international male and female names in the field of retina. 

Read about what this initiative means to Anat Loewenstein here.

Means

The starting point will be assessing a clear, evidence-based understanding of the challenges currently experienced by female retina specialists and scientists. Only with this information can the Society put in place the appropriate supports and resources most keenly sought by its female followers to enable them to navigate these challenges.

Survey

With the help of an independent market research agency, a gender-focussed Euretina survey was circulated across our global database of members and followers, male and female. The findings of this survey will inform the future path of the Women in Retina initiative. 

Other Resources

Features and resources of the initiative are expected to include: 

  • An Ophthalmologica editorial to summarise the findings of the Euretina Women in Retina 2021 survey 
  • A White Book to further address findings and learnings from the Euretina Women in Retina 2021 survey
  • Policy review to ensure appropriate female representation within congress and meeting programmes, as well as Society committees
  • Grants and fellowships tailored to female physician-scientists in the field of retina
  • Opportunities within the Euretina Online Forum to facilitate gender-related conversation
  • A schedule of virtual talks by experts who can assist in professional development and offer advice on navigating gender related challenges

The Women in Retina 2021 survey is now closed, thank you to everyone who took part.