The Gender Equality Division funds some of the most effective advocates and programs working to advance women's economic participation and decision-making power, increase women's access to leadership roles, improve and protect women’s health and bodily autonomy, increase child survival and resilience, champion and expand positive social norms, and strengthen data and insights to address persistent gender inequalities.
Our strategy focuses on clearing obstacles that prevent women and girls in low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia from making their own choices and leading healthy lives with opportunity, dignity, and respect. We work with our partners to amplify the progress already being made and identify areas where the need is high and our support can make a difference.
Our program teams
Exploring the progress and potential of positive adolescent gender norms
Collecting and analyzing better gender data so women are counted and considered in decision making
Accelerating meaningful connectivity for women to close the digital divide
Amplifying impact by applying an intersectional gender lens across all of the foundation’s work
Driving gender equal participation in the economy
Unlocking new health innovations for women
Powering equitable pathways to leadership for women
Helping pregnant people and newborns remain healthy before, during, and after childbirth
Developing new tools to keep pregnant people and newborns healthy and resilient
Ensuring women and girls can access the contraception and family planning services they want and need