Co-chair, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Sometimes a number can put a complicated truth in simple terms. Here’s one: 20%. A child whose family budget is controlled by the mother is 20% more likely to survive.
Why? Women know what’s best for their families. They make health care, nutritious food and education priorities. But most women in developing countries don’t control household budgets, and many also don’t control the circumstances of their own lives. If women everywhere had the power to determine their futures, the world would be forever transformed.
This week I will attend the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur. I’ll be joined by more than 3,000 people who have dedicated their careers to empowering women and girls. The specifics of our work differ, but we’re all united by a single, powerful idea: Empowered women and girls will save lives, make families more prosperous…
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