Women Thrive Worldwide

In 1998, a small group of visionary women created Women Thrive Worldwide (Women Thrive) to represent the voices of women and girls living in poverty to policymakers in Washington, D.C. Today, Women Thrive brings together a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations and 45,000 individual supporters. We are united in the belief that women are the key to ending global poverty. Women Thrive's mission is to empower women in developing countries to craft their own solutions to escape poverty and violence. WHY WOMEN: Worldwide, women are at the greatest risk of being poor. Research and experience have also shown that women in poor countries are more likely to use their income for food, health...
Mar 31, 2015

Latest Progress for Women and Girls

With International Women’s Day just passed and the spring season already underway, Women Thrive would like to provide a quick review of how, with your support, we have made advances for women and girls together: 

  • Earlier this month, at the UN General Assembly’s 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Women Thrive hosted an event with FHI 360 and Johnson & Johnson, focused on how integrated delivery of development solutions can accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event included presentations from our grassroots partners, from Nepal and Zimbabwe, followed by a panel discussion about the challenges and benefits of adopting integrated approaches to the empowerment of women and girls.
  • In February, Women Thrive team members travelled to Rwanda where we worked with our global partners to make sure their voices were heard loud and clear by government ministries at the Sub-Saharan Africa Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015. Together, we set common priorities on equitable education, and then shard these messages with other participants, and incorporated them in the drafting of the outcome document.
  • As part of the international celebration of women, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and UN Women jointly hosted the International Women’s Day Forum earlier this month. Over 500 leaders in the worldwide effort to empower women, including our own Women Thrive leaders, joined in New York to share and evaluate effective methods for continuing the increase of economic ability and the decrease of the achievement barriers for women and girls across the world.

With your support, Women Thrive is able to achieve continue working towards women’s empowerment worldwide. We cannot thank you enough for being a committed donor. Please let us know if we can further engage with you on any of our issues.

With Gratitude,

Mina Alemzadeh

Mar 29, 2015

IVAWA Reintroduction

Support IVAWA
Support IVAWA

Violence against women and girls is the world’s most common human rights violation, the most pervasive public health epidemic, and the cause of the greatest cumulative loss of human potential in history. Yet, few governments enforce laws against it and international donor agencies fail to invest significant resources to address it. We are trying to change that. With your support, Women Thrive works with the United States government to both recognize gender-based violence as a pressing global concern and allocate resources to fight it.

Earlier this month, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) was reintroduced in both houses of Congress, led by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky  and with a total of 18 original sponsors -- nine Republicans and nine Democrats. This is the fifth time the bill has been reintroduced in Congress. Why is this piece of legislation so important? The IVAWA will permanently authorize the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the State Department, as well as the position of the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, who is responsible for coordinating activities, policies, programs, and funding relating to gender integration and women’s empowerment internationally.

We currently have this structure in place, however the the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally is set to expire in August. Therefore, efforts to combat gender-based violence are urgently needed, because they will no longer have a set protocol after the expiration. IVAWA would codify an updated strategy, ensuring the United States' continues to commit resources to highly effective programs that focus on ending the cycle of violence.

The World Health Organization reports that one in every three women will experience physical or sexual abuse at some point in her lifetime. That’s one too many. In the International Violence Against Women Act, we have a real opportunity to help take one to none.

With your support, Women Thrive is able to advocate for reintroducing the bill and keep gender-based violence a priority among high-level decision makers. Our advocacy has influenced key leadership and personnel at USAID, the State Department and several Congressional offices. But our work is not done. Please urge your congressional member to support IVAWA by clicking here. Share the link with friends, family, colleagues, etc. We have to let Congress know that Americans want the International Violence Against Women Act passed. 

Thank you for your commitment to women and girls globally. Your support makes a difference.  

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Dec 29, 2014

Women Thrive Recent Highlights 2014

Ghanaian mother and child
Ghanaian mother and child

Women Thrive's annual brochure looks back on what we have been able to accomplish on behalf of the world's women and girls in 2014, all thanks to your support. Please click here to read our brochure and learn more about the impact that your gift has made. 

A few highlights from this year: 

  • Spearheading the #No1Nowhere campaign to push for the International Violence Against Women Act currently in Congress. We were met with inspiring enthusiasm from thousands of allies around the world from entertainers, elected officials, and religious leaders. To participate in the campaign, visit www.no1nowhere.com
  • Facilitating a 2-day capacity-building workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with 50 educational leaders from over 20 Sub-Saharan countries. Participants learned and practiced new skills to advocate for issues like girls' education and violence against girls. Women Thrive has created a training guide to help other civil society organizations improve advocacy skills.
  • Convening a critical summit on women’s economic opportunity. At our recent summit, “Out of Extreme Poverty: Women Leading the Way”, we brought three extraordinary women—Lydia from Ghana, Sylvia from Nicaragua, and Abbigal from Zimbabwe—to sit down with the World Bank, IFC, State Department, USAID, corporations, foundations and NGOs to encourage greater investments specifically in women’s leadership, capacity building and training. 


Thank you for your support in 2014. You have made a world of difference in helping empower women and girls globally. 

Advocacy workshop in Kenya, August 2014
Advocacy workshop in Kenya, August 2014

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