Unlocking the Cycle of Poverty

Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend about $180 million more this year in a quest to get contraception to 120 million additional women by 2020. In a Q&A, she describes the barriers poor women face to finding long-acting contraception in particular, and the payoffs for perseverance.
In Africa, for example, it would help young girls avoid early pregnancies that keep them out of school—and more educated girls means more women in the work force.
The New York Times

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