The Gates family is well known for their philanthropic views and ever flowing assistance to many people in underdeveloped and poverty stricken nations. Melinda Gates, a strong proponent for worldwide reproductive rights has made it known she has huge goals for women’s rights over their families.
Mrs. Gates recently released an essay written about the plight of women in these underlying countries and how family planning is non-existent considering the availability to contraception and birth control is nearly impossible.
The essay was published in National Geographic and talks about her own personal experience witnessing this struggle. Gates starts the essay by stating:
Like most women I know, I have used contraceptives for many years.
In 2012 Mrs. Gates created a global summit called Family Planning 2020, which aimed to expand access to affordable contraception to women in need around the world. Gates, her essay went on to say:
In the decade and a half since Bill and I started our foundation, I’ve heard from women all over the world about how important contraceptives are to their ability to take charge of their futures. In the decade and a half since Bill and I started our foundation, I’ve heard from women all over the world about how important contraceptives are to their ability to take charge of their futures.
The work the Gates Foundation is doing to help women and families plan their goals and have control over their futures, and the futures of their children is extremely important. Hopefully this essay, which can be read here, will help push this vision forward.
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