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Melinda Gates

Title Co-Chair
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As co-chair, Melinda Gates shapes and approves foundation strategies, reviews results, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. Her regular work on behalf of the foundation includes meeting with local, national, and international grantees and partners, as well as giving speeches and interviews to focus attention on these issues.

Posts By Melinda Gates

The Spirit of Swachh Bharat: Safe Sanitation for Women and Girls

For too long the world has invested in sanitation infrastructure that doesn’t work for everyone. Toilets only serve their purpose if they are used. And nobody wants to use a toilet that isn’t clean or safe, particularly for women and girls.

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One of the Most Neglected Health Problems in the World

In global health, we talk a lot about neglected diseases like onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis—serious ailments that most people have never heard of. But a condition that everybody is perfectly aware of, malnutrition, may be the most neglected health problem in the world—and it affects many more people than any single disease.

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Why Development Begins with Women

At some level, all women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Reflections on My Recent Travels

From Geneva to London to Berlin to Toronto, I talked to leaders and advocates and reporters about the momentum behind helping poor women and girls break the cycle of poverty.

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Closing Africa’s Agricultural Gender Gap

Africa’s GDP is now growing faster than any other continent’s. When many people think about the engines driving that growth, they imagine commodities like oil, gold, and cocoa, or maybe industries like banking and telecommunications. I think of a woman named Joyce Sandir.

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