Gates says too many programs miss the mark because their influence on women and girls is not taken into consideration.
The wealthiest private foundation in history is tackling its most ambitious project ever: eliminating inequalities between the sexes. This is a major shift for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, known for its obsession with the precise number of lives it can save with each vaccine, each seed, each dollar distributed in impoverished nations. But, says foundation co-chair Melinda Gates, too many programs miss the mark because their impact on women and girls is not taken into consideration. The foundation has just pledged US$80 million over three years to improve data collection on the situation of women and girls in the world.