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  • Melinda French Gates says she will donate $1 billion over the next two years to support women and family rights globally. Here, French Gates speaks at the forum Empowering Women as Entrepreneurs and Leaders during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington in April 2023.
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    The 59-year-old says her decision to donate $1 billion was in part due to the racial gap in women's mortality rates. She most recently stepped down as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Girls at a primary school in Sheno, Ethiopia. In partnership with UNICEF, the Sheno Primary School developed a program to educate both girls and boys about menstruation — and provide sanitary pads. A new UNICEF report says that only 39% of the world's schools offer such instruction.
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    A pioneering program in Ethiopia teaches all students about this "taboo" topic. A new UNICEF report, released on “World Menstrual Hygiene Day," assesses how countries respond to menstrual issues.