Where's the Controversy in Saving Lives?

July 9, 2012 BY Melinda Gates


As we get closer to the London Summit on Family Planning, people often ask me, “Why is family planning so important to you?” The simple answer is that it can mean everything to so many of the women and families I meet. It means the difference between being empowered and feeling powerless. It means the difference between celebrating a daughter’s graduation and watching her drop out of school. It even means the difference between life and death.

Providing family planning information and services to millions of women and girls in the poorest countries in the world gives them the opportunity to determine their own futures, and the best future for their children.

As a woman and a mother, I can’t imagine anything more important.

The women and girls I speak with, whether in India or Kenya, tell me they want to be able to plan for their families. They tell me they want what’s best for themselves and their children. They want the right to participate freely and equally in society.

I’d love for you to watch this video and let me know what you think. And the next time someone asks you, “What does family planning mean?” hopefully you’ll have no problem answering, “It can make all the difference for women and girls everywhere.”

Do you believe every girl and woman should have the opportunity to determine her own future? Spread the word that contraception is not controversial. Take the pledge, share your own story, and ask your online communities to do the same!


POSTED IN: Campaigns & Initiatives, Global Issues


Submitted by Anolchat on: July 16, 2012 In India, funding has never been an issue. However there has to be a very well thought out campaign for different kinds of target groups. For example to get mothers in law to allow their daughters in law to pracice contraception, to persuade village elders to accept the open sale of condoms and so on. The campaigns of the government are necessarily a "one size fits all" which are not always effective. Also we need studies on why Kerala and West Bengal have acheived lower fertility rates and to design programs with these in mind. Enabling women in repressive social situations to adopt contraception is the great need.
Submitted by Nancy Sullivan on: July 11, 2012 At last! Melinda Gates has become the spokeswoman for the millions who have no voice- and never will because of poverty, no education and repression. This is a start. Giving women power over their own bodies and thus changing the course of their lives. I'm so happy this initiative has been addressed and has become a cause of the Gates Foundation.
Submitted by Therese Power on: July 11, 2012 Important to give woment he choice
Submitted by Brenda Woods on: July 10, 2012 I think this is Great.They would now have a choice whether or not to get pregnant,knowing there living enviroment and a choice of life or death.
Submitted by Iris Monshower on: July 10, 2012 I believe every woman should have the opportunity to determine her own future wherever she lives on this earth.

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