Development Initiatives Should Focus On Women’s Empowerment

Science: Putting women and girls at the center of development
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations do not focus on women’s empowerment, they neglect the fact that empowered women have the potential to transform their societies. I also review the Gates Foundation’s record on gender and propose some approaches to improve it…” (9/12).