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Melinda French Gates to give $1 billion to women's rights groups

  

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Via:  hallux  •  2 weeks ago  •  19 comments

By:   Jonathan Franklin - NPR

Melinda French Gates to give $1 billion to women's rights groups

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Melinda French Gates says she will donate $1 billion globally over the next two years to help support women and families, including reproductive rights.

In a   New York Times   opinion piece published Tuesday , French Gates wrote that she is committed to advocating for women and girls ,   emphasizing that with women in many states facing growing restrictions on abortion, she felt increasingly "compelled to support reproductive rights here at home."

"For too long, a lack of money has forced organizations fighting for women's rights into a defensive posture while the enemies of progress play offense. I want to help even the match," French Gates wrote.




French Gates, who announced her   decision to step down   from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation earlier this month, says her decision to donate the $1 billion was motivated in part by the racial gap in mortality rates for women.

Additionally, she pointed out the rise in political violence and other threats when it comes to women and their safety.

"It’s frustrating and shortsighted. Decades of research on economics, well-being and governance make it clear that investing in women and girls benefits everyone," French Gates said.

The philanthropist noted that her planned investment includes $200 million aimed at increasing the work of organizations that advance and protect women’s rights.

In addition, she says it will include $240 million in partnerships with 12 global leaders, including former New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern; athlete and maternal health advocate Allyson Felix; and Afghan educator and women’s rights advocate Shabana Basij-Rasikh — each receiving a $20 million fund to distribute to organizations that improve women’s health both in the U.S. and internationally.

"As a young woman, I could never have imagined that one day I would be part of an effort like this. Because I have been given this extraordinary opportunity, I am determined to do everything I can to seize it and to set an agenda that helps other women and girls set theirs, too," French Gates wrote.

News of French Gates' latest philanthropic efforts comes after she announced her departure earlier this month as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — a foundation she has helped lead since its inception more than two decades ago.

In a   post   on X (formerly known as Twitter), the 59-year-old said she was "immensely proud" of the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the decision to step down as co-chair was not easy.

French Gates' last day with the foundation is June 7.


"I am immensely proud of the foundation that Bill and I built together and of the extraordinary work it is doing to address inequities around the world," she wrote in her announcement.

French Gates and her former husband, Bill Gates, launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and is a massive donor to issues surrounding global health. Since the foundation's start, Bill Gates has donated about $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the global organization,   Forbes reported .

In 2021, Melinda and Bill Gates   announced the end of their 27-year marriage . At the time of their separation, the two said they still shared a belief in the foundation's mission and would continue to work together despite their marriage ending.

Editors Note:   The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is among NPR's financial supporters.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Fundamentally The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is about putting their money where their mouths are unlike The Trump Foundation which is about putting your money where their pocket is.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hallux @1    2 weeks ago

unlike The Trump Foundation which is about putting your money where their pocket is.


Let’s hope some of it goes to the granddaughter Joe Biden refuses to even meet.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago

I wonder what her thoughts are concerning trans "women"?

 
 
 
evilone
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2.1  evilone  replied to  Greg Jones @2    2 weeks ago

Nothing I've read about Melinda French Gates suggests she has any interest in playing your anti-LGBTQA+ reindeer games.

 
 
 
George
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2.2  George  replied to  Greg Jones @2    2 weeks ago

We know what Joes views are.

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Hallux
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2.2.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  George @2.2    2 weeks ago
We know what Joes views are.

It's a doctored pic ... I guess we know what your views are, doctored.

 
 
 
George
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2.2.2  George  replied to  Hallux @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

Maybe Joe realizes that Caitlin has been a girl about as long as Ashley was before he started showering with her.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.2.3  seeder  Hallux  replied to  George @2.2.2    2 weeks ago

Your older than Biden juvenile fixation needs a shower.

 
 
 
Krishna
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2.3  Krishna  replied to  Greg Jones @2    2 weeks ago

I wonder what her thoughts are concerning trans "women"

Why do you wonder that?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

Who could possible have anything bad to say about the money Ms French Gates has donated?

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago
Who could possible have anything bad to say

It usually takes them about a day.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Hallux @3.1    2 weeks ago

to come up with a "scathing" insult

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

I wonder if any of the Gates money was given to ALL the Women's Rights Organizations that kept their mouths zipped tight closed about what Hamas did to the girls on Oct 7 and to the hostages thereafter. 

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    2 weeks ago

I don't have the patience, however, the State of Israel has received 30 grants while the Palestine State has received all of 1. (Canada has received 341.)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @5.1    2 weeks ago

My comment was about whether women's rights organizations have had anything to say about how Hamas treated the girls on Oct 7 and the hostages thereafter.  What are you talking about?

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    2 weeks ago
What are you talking about?

Not about Hamas, but I'll be sure to bring them up in one of your car seeds. @!@

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

Be my guest, the more comments on them the better.  Not too many classic cars in Gaza seen in the TV news, but who knows?

 
 
 
Hallux
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5.1.4  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

Mostly they are horse or donkey drawn. Cars that run on their own are targeted.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @5.1.4    2 weeks ago

It's the ambulances and UNRWA vehicles that the Hamas militants used for transportation that were targeted. 

 
 

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