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.
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.
CEO Mark Suzman describes how the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) investment case will help shape the global pandemic response.
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.
More on COVID-19
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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.
Low-income women are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The gender equality team shares approaches to empower female workers.
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.
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.
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.
Goalkeepers Accelerators are extraordinary partnerships that work hard and fast to bring us closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What we're reading
ReutersThe Paris Peace Forum catalyzed more than $500 million from governments, civil society organizations, and charities for COVID-19 research.
STATInnovations in messenger RNA, or mRNA, are crucial to the COVID-19 vaccine research and development.
New York TimesA groundbreaking new injection has proven to be more effective than daily pills in preventing HIV in women.
Paris Peace ForumDr. Seth Berkley shares why equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for low- and middle-income countries will end the pandemic sooner.
A selection of stories from across the foundation and our partners
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.
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.
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.
The desert locust infestation in East Africa is compounded by climate change and the pandemic. Collaborative action is needed to avoid a humanitarian disaster.
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