Melinda Gates Pledges to Support Family Planning

On April 5, 2012, Melinda Gates announced her commitment to support family planning for the next 10 years during a TEDxChange held in Berlin, Germany sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Melinda Gates shared her personal story of how she came to be an advocate for helping the world’s poorest women gain access to contraceptives. In her talk, she discussed why contraceptives should not be controversial. Her talk launched a major push for the BMFG around the critical role family planning plays in advancing women’s health and ensuring that women are empowered to decide when and if to have children. It also launched an effort to collect stories through: “How have contraceptives changed your life?” Go to to share your story.

TEDxChange Berlin was a worldwide event with over 200 satellite events taking place in more than 60 countries around the world.

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