Gates Foundation Commits U.S.$80 Million to Women’s Devt. In Nigeria

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As part of efforts to close the gender data gap as well as fast track the progress of women and girls in the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has recently announced a three-year $80 million commitment towards the cause.

This announcement was made at the three-day women’s conference taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Co-chair of the Foundation, Melinda Gates, said the funding will help fill critical gender data gaps; improve the accuracy and reliability of data collection; equip decision makers with better evidence; and support civil society’s efforts to hold leaders accountable for their commitments.

She stated that the money would help gather more reliable data about women’s lives, such as time spent on unpaid work or farming, which was needed to inform policy and programmes and accelerate progress for women and girls.

“It’s great that women and girls are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. But right, now there is insufficient data to build a baseline for nearly 80 percent of SDG 5 indicators. If advocacy for women and girls is about giving voice to the voiceless – gathering and analyzing data is about making the invisible visible”, she said.

At the conference, a new discussion paper, entitled: “Delivering the power of parity: Toward a more gender-equal society,” also finds that achieving the economic potential of women and making progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, will require $1.5 trillion-$2 trillion in annual spending on essential services in 2025, while the potential economic gains could be six to eight times this outlay.

In the view of the CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen, “Investing in gender equality – and in girls’ and women’s health – is investing in human progress. A woman multiplies investments made in her future by creating a better life for herself and her family, community and society. The announcements today show the ripple effect that these investments have for society and the world.”


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