We are ‘fully committed to this’

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Paula Lobo/Getty (LR) Melinda French Gates, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and Bill Gates

Bill Gates Y melinda french doors remain committed to working together to make a difference.

The billionaire philanthropists, who finalized their divorce in August 2021 after 27 years of marriage, they have spoken repeatedly about them continuing employment relationship via Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationwhich started in 2000. And this week, the couple showed a united front while attending the foundation’s Goalkeepers 2022 event.

The annual meeting, which celebrates leaders working to advance sustainable global goals, was held in person in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday after a two-year hiatus.

Just one day before the start of the annual event, Melinda shared that she remains “fully committed” to working alongside her ex-husband.

“We met for the first time with our board of directors last week in person,” Melinda, 58, said during an interview with Bloomberg. “What I think everyone would tell you is that Bill and Melinda remain fully committed to this institution and working together effectively. And that’s what we’re doing today.”

The 66-year-old Microsoft co-founder and global advocate for women and girls attended the Goalkeepers 2022 Global Goals Awards and posed for photos with several world leaders, including the four winners: Radhika Batra, co-founder of the nonprofit profit. every baby matters; Zara Jewelrya journalist whose self-funded news agency covers issues affecting women in Afghanistan; vanessa nakate, activist for climate justice; Y Ursula von der Leyenthe president of the European Commission.

Bill Gates, Radhika Batra, Vanessa Nakate, Zahra Joya and Melinda French

Bill Gates, Radhika Batra, Vanessa Nakate, Zahra Joya and Melinda French

Paula Lobo/Getty (L-R) Bill Gates, Radhika Batra, Vanessa Nakate, Zahra Joya and Melinda French Gates

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In separate speeches, Bill and Melinda addressed specific areas of inequality that need to be addressed.

Speaking of food insecurityBill shared that by 2030 there are projected to be “32 million more hungry people.”

“Most of them will be women and children,” he said. “When there is a food shortage, they are the ones who suffer the most.”

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In her speech, Melinda talked about some of the pathways that need to be created for women to achieve equal share of economic power.

“Why haven’t we spent more time making sure that women are really gaining power in their families and in their neighborhoods?” she said.

“Real power isn’t just having a job, it’s also quality, affordable care that ensures women don’t fail in their jobs,” she added. “And it means that men take on their fair share of the responsibilities at home.”

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Bill and Melinda’s 20-year-old daughter Phoebe was also present at the event.

In a behind-the-scenes video she shared on her Instagram Story on Wednesday, the Stanford University student gave her followers a behind-the-scenes look at the festivities, sharing a glimpse of her mother getting ready and another clip of her father. on the stage.

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“Come with me to Goalkeepers today,” he said at the top of the short clip.

The Goalkeepers 2022 Global Goals Awards, hosted by Bill & Melinda Puertas

The Goalkeepers 2022 Global Goals Awards, hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates

Mike Lawrence/Getty Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates on stage during a Goalkeepers event

Also, this week, the Gates Foundation announced $1.27 billion in commitments to help move the global process forward.

This week has underscored the urgency of the challenges we face and the promise of sustainable solutions that save and improve lives,” said Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation, in a statement announcing the gift. “Our foundation is significantly stepping up its commitment to help address crises now and ensure long-term impact on critical determinants of health and development.”

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In his interview with BloombergMelinda went on to share that she has an equal focus in her work with her foundation, as well as fundamental companiesa company that she founded and that works on projects to empower women.

“I am deeply committed to the foundation and remain committed. That is my global platform,” she explained. “So with Pivotal Ventures, I’m really working on social inequalities here in the United States.”