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Gender equality. No, there isn't an app for that

Women in low- and middle-income countries are 20% less likely to own a smartphone than men. Closing this gap requires addressing social, financial, and educational barriers.
COVID-19

COVID-19

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Perspectives on the global pandemic response

The world has seen unprecedented challenges in the past months—as well as unprecedented collaboration. As the world responds to COVID-19, it needs to build more resilient health systems that protect the world's most vulnerable and ensure a safe and effective vaccine is available and affordable to everyone.
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Fighting COVID-19 globally—and specifically

CEO Mark Suzman describes how the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) investment case will help shape the global pandemic response.
By Mark Suzman CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Assessing the news about COVID-19 vaccines: A Q&A with Dr. Lynda Stuart

The world is closer than ever to having safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Lynda Stuart shares her thoughts on the news surrounding Pfizer and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
By Lynda Stuart Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
GENDER EQUALITY

Gender Equality

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Perspectives on Gender Equality

In the work to improve the lives of the world’s lowest-income people, one thing has become abundantly clear: The undervaluing of women and girls is at the root of every problem we’re trying to solve. We cannot make progress on any of the most pressing global challenges, from poverty to climate change to pandemics, if a majority of the world’s population continues to be left behind and their potential and talent goes untapped.
Woman sewing in Indian clothing factory.

After low-income women lose their jobs in the COVID-19 economy, what happens to them?

Low-income women are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The gender equality team shares approaches to empower female workers.
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Sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s COVID-19 response

More gender disaggregated data is needed to fully understand COVID-19's impacts. Melinda Gates shares four actions governments must take to overcome this gap.
By Melinda Gates Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
GOALKEEPERS

Goalkeepers

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2020 Goalkeepers Report

The Goalkeepers report is an annual look at our collective progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our 2020 report examines the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we must do to end it.
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Goalkeeper Global Goals Awards

The 2020 Goalkeepers Global Goals Award winners are taking action to create a safer, healthier, and more equitable world and helping their communities respond to the pandemic.
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Accelerators

Goalkeepers Accelerators are extraordinary partnerships that work hard and fast to bring us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
FEATURED PERSPECTIVES

Featured perspectives

A selection of stories from across the foundation and our partners
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Remembering Bill Gates Sr., our “north star”

It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news that our “north star,” Bill Gates Sr., passed away on Monday, September 14 at home surrounded by family.
By Mark Suzman CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ryan Rippel Grand Challenge

Using authentic voices and stories to upend views on poverty and race

The Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenges has awarded 28 grants to organizations in order to help tell the stories of people facing poverty and marginalization in the U.S.
By Ryan Rippel Director, U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Another lesson was the importance of engaging with the community, building trust, and shaping services in ways that fit their lives.
Violaine Mitchell
Director, Health Funds and Partnerships,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Illustration of Ruth Bishop, vaccines

How a virologist named Ruth saved millions of children and led Bill & me to get into philanthropy

Ruth Bishop’s discovery of the rotavirus in 1973 paved the way for future vaccines. Now, Gavi helps ensure many of these vaccines reach the world’s poorest.
By Melinda Gates Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Locust swarm in East Africa

Addressing the locust crisis in East Africa: A Q&A with Dr. Christina Owen

The desert locust infestation in East Africa is compounded by climate change and the pandemic. Collaborative action is needed to avoid a humanitarian disaster.
By Christina Owen Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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