Being able to decide when to have children is central to fulfilling one’s potential. In the year ahead, many women will harness this power for the first time. Melinda Gates discusses funding for family planning in this New York Times Op Ed piece:
In July 2012, I co-hosted a summit meeting on family planning in London. The evidence was clear: The world had been underinvesting in the field for years, with serious consequences for women, their families and their communities. We invited leaders from dozens of countries and key global health organizations and private industry, along with women’s health advocates, to put the needs of women back on the global agenda. It was deeply moving to see older advocates who’d given their lives to this issue pass their passion to a new generation. The participants signed onto a big goal: helping 120 million women who didn’t have access to family planning to get it by 2020.