Melinda Gates, a strong advocate and champion for family planning, shares her perspectives leading up to the London Summit on Family Planning in this brief blog post and video posted on the United Nations Foundation's blog, Global Connections. This video, in a fun cartoon style, explains the benefits of family planning, like how $1 spent on family planning could save $6 spent on other forms of aid such as housing, healthcare, and public services.
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.