Melinda Gates’ of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to expand contraceptive access to 120 million women by the year 2020.
With the work of her group, Family Planning 2020, Gates is determined to alleviate economic and health related hardships while advocating for women’s rights and female empowerment.
In a recent op-ed, Gates reflects upon her own personal experiences as well as those of women she has encountered throughout the world whose impoverished and/or often stigmatic cultures have restricted their access to contraceptive choices. Many of these women – who may have otherwise pursued and achieved exemplary education and career goals that would have helped themselves, their families and their communities, had to put their lives on hold indefinitely due to untimed pregnancy.
“When women are able to plan their pregnancies around their goals for themselves and their families, they are also better able to finish their education, earn an income, and fully participate in their communities,” wrote Gates.
“The decision about whether and when to get pregnant was a decision that Bill and I made based on what was right for me and what was right for our family – and that’s something I feel lucky about. There are still over 225 million women around the world who don’t have access to the modern contraceptives they need to make these decisions for themselves.”
Since its inception in 2012, Family Planning 2020 has expanded birth control access to 24 million women worldwide.Click here for reuse options!
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