Gates Foundation Commits $2.1 Billion over the Next Five Years to Gender Equality
By Courtney Connley
The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will be committing $2.1 billion to advancing gender equality globally over the next five years. This announcement comes just weeks after co-chairs Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates announced their divorce, and it comes at a time when government officials around the world are gathered in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum, an event that focuses on providing greater opportunities for women and girls worldwide.
“The world has been fighting for gender equality for decades, but progress has been slow. Now is the chance to reignite a movement and deliver real change,” Melinda said in a statement. “The beauty of our fight for gender equality is that every human being will gain from it. We must seize this moment to build a better, more equal future.”