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...
Aug 1, 2014

Creating Economic Opportunity for Women at the Base of the Pyramid

Economic Opportunity Report
Economic Opportunity Report

We know that investing in women farmers - such as providing them with information, land rights, organizing support, time-savings systems, and better access to public-private partnerships - not only benefits women and their families economically, but also increases overall global crop production.

However, existing programs have often skewed toward middle- and upper-income women and overlooked those who live on less than $2 USD a day.  Such practices leave the most marginalized women and girls trapped in a cycle of poverty with draining resources and limiting growth.

To reduce overall poverty, we must take a closer look at the primary obstacles that women living in extreme poverty face in obtaining sustainable, productive economic opportunities.  As such, Women Thrive is excited to share our latest report entitled, “Less Than Two Dollars a Day: Creating Economic Opportunity for Women and Men Living in Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries.”

Key findings from the report include:

• Although both market access and property rights are critical for economic advancement, interventions focused in either area will be limited until the broader issues of the informal economy, largely made up of male and female farmers, are addressed.

• Countries with the largest populations in poverty also have high rates of agricultural employment, like South Asia (60 percent of employment in agriculture) and Sub-Saharan Africa (65 percent).  

 • While the informal sector normally refers to the non-agricultural economy, the predominant lack of social protection, formal employment arrangements, organized businesses, and regulations make agriculture a major part of the informal sector.

 The report concludes with specific, strong recommendations that stakeholders—donors, practitioners, researchers and advocates—can take to help mobilize resources to women at the base of the economic pyramid, reducing hunger and poverty.

The information and recommendations presented in this newly released report will help Women Thrive to inform a new multi-year policy initiative on women’s economic opportunity that will be launched this coming Fall.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing support.  The research, report, and upcoming policy initiative would not be possible without your belief in us as well as your generous donations.  We look forward to sharing more updates and successes in our joint efforts to end world hunger.


Christine Bond

Organizational Advancement Intern

Jul 10, 2014

Fighting Gender-Based Violence Together

In the past few months, we have seen two mass abductions of Nigerian girls by rebel group Boko Haram, a horrid hate crime driven by Elliot Rodger’s feelings of entitlement to female companionship, and three young women raped and hanged in India and Pakistan.

Clearly, gender-based violence (GBV) is not the problem of one nation but rather an issue that the entire globe must face together.  Thanks to your donations, Women Thrive Worldwide is able to continue our work to ensure that GBV becomes a problem of the past.

We believe that no country will reach its optimum economic or social potential as long as its women and girls are living in constant fear of physical harm and sexual assault.

In order to eradicate this fear, with your help, we have been engaging Congress to support the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women as well as the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).  However, we’ve come to realize that these efforts, although important, are not enough.

It is imperative to make the world aware of the loss it experiences when half of its population, women and girls, is neglected its basic human rights.

Ritu Sharma, president of Women Thrive, has witnessed firsthand the need to include women in the process of overcoming global poverty and strife.  In her newly released book, Teach a Woman to Fish, Sharma chronicles her experiences living side-by-side women throughout the world in various regions and cultures.  Although each woman and girl Ritu meets throughout her book is uniquely powerful and beautiful, her dogmatic want for a better life and her willingness to sacrifice to obtain it remain consistent.

Pairing a compassionate depiction of the injustices, including GBV, that rob women of their basic rights with a hopeful vision of possible reform, Sharma artfully invites the reader into the fight for female liberation.

We would love for you to join us in this fight by picking up Teach a Woman to Fish. This read will not only make you acutely aware of the daily travesties that global women face but also the steps that you can take in ending such oppressive forces.

Thank you for your continued support to Women Thrive.  Together, we will make known that men and women must work in unison to change the world.  

May 7, 2014

You've helped us take action to #BringBackOurGirls

Ojonwa Miachi, Nigerian girls
Ojonwa Miachi, Nigerian girls' education activist

On April 14, 234 girls between ages 16 and 18 were abducted from their school in Northern Nigeria by the Islamist armed group, Boko Haram.

With the support of donors like you, Women Thrive took immediate action with our partner Ojonwa Deborah Miachi—a passionate girls' education activist in Nigeria. Women Thrive posted Ojonwa's petition to Secretary of State Kerry and Nigeria's Inspector General and National Police on TakePart (https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/demand-action-for-abducted-schoolgirls) that demanded action to bring the girls safely home, bring the perpetrators to justice, and increase measures to protect girls and boys in school so that something like this will never happen again.

Within a few days, Women Thrive's activists sent over 32,000 messages to the U.S. State Department. On May 2, Women Thrive's President, Ritu Sharma, spoke on To The Contrary to talk about the developing events in Nigeria as well as the the issue of violence against women and girls globally writ large.

Thanks in part to the attention and noise we've helped generate on this issue, Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the actions of Boko Haram, and committed U.S. support in the search for the abducted schoolgirls: “We will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and hold the perpetrators to justice.”

Thank you for your support, but our work is not done. Just today our Senior Vice President, Lauren Supina released a statement on the latest Nigerian abduction, demanding a response from the U.S., Nigeria and the international community.

As long as women and girls live in fear of physical harm or sexual assault, Women Thrive will continue to push forward policies—like the International Violence Against Women Act and the Women, Peace and Security Act—that work toward ending violence against women and girls.

Please continue to stand with us in these efforts. Today is a Global Giving MATCH Day—the perfect time to make your money optimally count. TODAY ONLY, Global Giving will match 30% in funds for each donation given. This potential increase in funds allows Women Thrive to expand our outreach efforts to officials in the U.S. as well as maintain our grassroots network of organizations that we work with on a personal level.

Thank you for committing to protect women and girls worldwide. Together, we can make a difference. We appreciate your belief in our work, and we are grateful for your support.

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

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