On April 5, 2012, Melinda Gates announced her commitment to support family planning for the next 10 years during a TEDxChange held in Berlin, Germany sponsored by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Melinda Gates shared her personal story of how she came to be an advocate for helping the worldâ€™s poorest women gain access to contraceptives. In her talk, she discussed why contraceptives should not be controversial. Her talk launched a major push for the BMFG around the critical role family planning plays in advancing womenâ€™s health and ensuring that women are empowered to decide when and if to have children. It also launched an effort to collect stories through: “How have contraceptives changed your life?” Go to Â http://nocontroversy.tedxchange.org/Â to share your story.
TEDxChange Berlin was a worldwide event with overÂ 200 satellite events taking place in more than 60 countries around the world.