From Our Partners: “Keeping our promise to 120 million women and girls,” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

It is little surprise that whenever I ask women living in the poorest countries whether they want the education and means to time and space their pregnancies almost every single one says they do. Yet within the same breath, they confide in me that they’re not doing anything about it — almost always for reasons beyond their control.

Sadi told me on a visit to Niger that she is desperate not to have any more children — but that her only option is to hope and pray.

Today there are more than 220 million such women around the world for whom gaining access to contraceptives is a matter of urgency. This is the magnitude of our challenge.

Click here to read the full commentary by Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at Devex.