Latest Melinda Gates News

Gates Foundation sets 2-year, post-divorce power share trial

Jul. 07, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their foundation even after their planned divorce. However, if after two years Gates and French Gates decide they cannot continue in their roles, French Gates will resign her positions as...

$40B pledged for gender equality, with $2B from Gates group

Jun. 30, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

The U.N.-sponsored global gathering to promote gender equality generated about $40 billion in pledges Wednesday to help women and girls achieve that goal, partly fueled by a significant $2.1 billion contribution from Bill and Melinda Gates’ namesake foundation. The Bill...

$40 billion pledged at Paris conference for gender equality

Jun. 30, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — World leaders, philanthropists and organizations have pledged at least $40 billion at an international conference in Paris to boost gender equality, as women and girls worldwide have been deeply affected by the consequences of the pandemic. U.N. Women’s...

Q&A: Ford Foundation's leader straddles contrasting worlds

Jun. 30, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

Darren Walker has experienced two sides of life — one of poverty, one of wealth. He has often mentioned that growing up in poverty as a gay Black man in rural Texas has given him a unique perspective on his work as president of the Ford Foundation. ...

Paris conference aims to fast-track road to gender equality

Jun. 29, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international conference opening in Paris on Wednesday aims to fast-track the road to gender equality and mobilize millions of dollars to achieve the long-sought goal quickly, the head of the U.N.’s premiere global body fighting to empower women says. ...

Fearing COVID, struggling Malawian women forgo prenatal care

Jun. 29, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Prenatal services at the health clinic were free, but the motorcycle taxi fare cost more than Monica Maxwell could afford. Just four weeks before delivering her baby, she cobbled together 1,400 kwacha ($1.75) for the 50-kilometer (31-mile) round trip. It was only her...