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Why is progress on gender equality slowing?

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates explains how recent global shocks have pushed gender equality further out of reach—and how the world can get back on track

THE COVID-19 pandemic played havoc with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Progress to achieve gender equality by 2030 has not only stalled, it’s reversed. Host Anne McElvoy asks Melinda French Gates, a philanthropist, if the target still makes sense. The co-chair of the Gates Foundation also discusses the overturning of Roe v Wade in America. Run time: 21 min

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