A Light in Darkness
This project aims to show real examples of visual impaired women around the world turning a disability into an extraordinary skill through music, education, empowerment and medical care
- €20,000 Budget in Euros
- 2018 Final release date
- 11 Round winner
- 4 Locations
- 4 Durations in months
While blindness affects people living all over the world, it is however 500% more prevalent in the developing countries – lack of medical care is a key point, as over 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Moreover, it has a gender factor: Two-thirds of the world's blind people are women – they get less access to healthcare system than men.
But behind the darkness, there is a range of opportunities for blind women around the world. A light in darkness focuses in those initiatives in 4 regions that build opportunities from the disadvantage of being blind.
As education is the key to improve living conditions (less than 1% of blind girls in developing countries get an education), A light in darkness took us to India – home of 12 millions blinds- where schools for blind girls help them to have a new vision of live: vocational training, job opportunities and a financial independence.
A great example is Yetnebersh Nigussie, a Ethiopian disability rights lawyer that, being blind herself at the age of 5, she became a role model for blind, linking disabled and able-bodied women to help each on facing gender discrimination.
The music can be a path to raise vocational skills and break gender barriers too. . In Egypt an only female orchestra integrated by blind women, play classical music by ear, without reading music score.
And blind women can help others women... to find out if they have cancer. This is what a small group of women do in a hospital in Colombia. As visually impaired people have a facility to detect nodules, women have been trained to use their fingertips to detect breast cancer on female patients.
A light in darkness is a journalistic project highlighting stories of women breaking bounders and building opportunities in their societies both as female and blind.
Al Jazeera English
- School helping visually impaired girls