India continues to show the world what investing in women can do: Melinda Gates

7 December, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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India has been building a more gender-equal nation from the ground up over the last few years and it continues to show the world what investing in women can do, said Melinda Gates.

Melinda Gates said in a statement during the “Women Leading Change in Health and Science in India” conference in New Delhi on Tuesday that India has been building a more gender-equal nation from the ground up over the last few years and that it continues to show the world what investing in women can do.

The philanthropist further said that throughout the pandemic, the government used digital bank accounts to give money to almost 200 million women and has been building a more gender-equal country. “India continues to show the world what investing in women can do and the benefits of investing in women. In order to protect 300 million individuals, including 200 million women, during the pandemic, the government used digital bank accounts to give money to them,” Gates said in a statement.

Melinda also praised India’s gender-intentional policymaking and said that cash transfers getting directly into women’s hands is an apt example of it.

“Making sure that cash transfers get directly into women’s hands is an example of gender-intentional policymaking. India has been building a more gender-equal country from the bottom up over the past few years,” she added.

The Philanthropist also met External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar as well, in New Delhi and discussed the G-20, global SDG progress, and digital development.

“Glad to welcome co-chair and trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, @melindagates. Discussed the G-20, global SDG progress, and digital development. Look forward to reading her book: The Moment of Lift,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Gates hoped that the Gates Foundation and the Government of India will collaborate to achieve common goals and increase gender equality in the country even further.

According to an official announcement, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Science and Technology, will co-chair the “Women Leading Change in Health and Science in India” Conference.

On Tuesday, Melinda French Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, paid a visit to President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming Melinda Gates to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President noted the work done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the past two decades.