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Melinda Gates Foundation to Continue Fighting for Women, Girls Empowerment

Melinda Gates (right) vowed to fight for the empowerment of women and girls at an event in Washington DC. (Photo: Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday shared an insight of some of the programs they are conducting in the world with particular emphasis on Africa in empowering women and girls.

Melinda Gates of the Melinda and Gates Foundation, who was hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, told guests at a one-day meeting they will continue to invest in women and girls.

Golden Makusha, a Zimbabwean who attended the event, with a theme: Smart women, smart power; women and girls: Engines of development, told VOA Studio 7 he was impressed by the presentation and hopes that he will be able to share the information provided by the foundation with Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

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On its website, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it works with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas.

“Our Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Our Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. Our United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State.

“And our Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. Our approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.”