M. Gates Optimistic About Girls’ Status Globally

Melinda Gates stated, “Women’s and girls’ empowerment is no longer on the global agenda—it is the global agenda.”[i] Gates is optimistic about girls’ future because of the new emphasis evidenced by $2 billion pledged for women’s health at a UN meeting in September 2016, the realization that data about girls is necessary rather than combining gender data, programs like South Africa’s Girls Achieve Power through sports and Adolescents 360 program for contraceptive availability, and publicity given to role models like Malala Yousafzai who campaigns for education, Anoyara Khatun in India who campaigns for children rights, and Ann Mitu who fights for family planning in Kenya.


[i] Melinda Gates, “5 Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Future of Our Girls,” Medium.com, October 11, 2016.



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