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...
May 2, 2014

Remembering Women Farmers

It is disheartening to think about how many factors weaken a woman’s ability to provide for her family. In light of the recent holidays such as Earth Day and World Water Day, Women Thrive has been sending strong messages about how imperative access to clean water, land rights and climate change are to women farmers. These are just a few obstacles that restrict women from being able to adequately feed their families. Just ask our Senior Vice President, Lauren Supina why she believes water access for women is a major concern that affects families all over the world. The absence of clean and accessible drinking water affects women’s health, safety and puts them at an incredibly high risk. (You can read her argument HERE.)  

Furthermore, as our president Ritu Sharma stated, “equipping women farmers with equal resources has the potential to feed as many as 150 million more people each year.” In her piece that she co-authored with Representative Betty McCollum, they propose a solution by saying, “The Global Food Security Act promotes sustainable, lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. And it does so by targeting our efforts to where they will have the biggest impact: empowering women and local communities.” (You may read the article HERE.)

When women have access to resources and equal opportunities, they have the ability to make real change. Here at Women Thrive, we believe that it is important to consistently educate change makers about the need to address equal land and water rights for women. We must continue to advocate and help raise the voices of women living in poverty worldwide. Please visit our BLOG to see a complete list of our publications so far in 2014.  

Thank you for supporting Women Thrive and girls around the world. Your belief in our work has enabled us to continue to amplify the voices of women farmers globally.

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

Apr 23, 2014

No1Nowhere Should be a Victim of Violence

Actor Mayim Bialik of Big Bang Theory and Blossom
Actor Mayim Bialik of Big Bang Theory and Blossom

Women Thrive, along with organizations in the Coalition to End Violence Against Women has just launched an exciting photo advocacy campaign called, “No1Nowhere.” (Website: http://www.no1nowhere.com) Please join us in raising awareness and building support to end violence against women and girls globally.

To join the campaign, all you have to do is write “No1” on one arm, “Nowhere” on the other and then cross them, and snap a picture (or get someone to help you). After you are done, you may either email your photo to jholzer@womenthrive.org or upload it directly to the “No1Nowhere” website.

The campaign slogan denounces the fact that 1 in 3 girls will be raped, abused or even killed because of gender-based violence. Our mission is to help create a world where domestic violence, intimidation, sexual assault, rape and other forms of violence become a thing of the past. This photo campaign will prove how important the issue is to people everywhere. We will be holding a photo exhibit in May on Capitol Hill to showcase the support that we have gathered among activists around the world.

Speaking up is the first step to making a safer world for women and girls. But we can’t do it alone. In order to send a strong message, we need your help. Visit www.no1nowhere.com and submit your photo today!

Thank you for your ongoing support to Women Thrive.

 

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

Associate, Organizational Advancement

 

 

P.S. If you are local to Washington, DC or in town this week, please join us TOMORROW for a Happy Hour launch party of our “No1 Nowhere” photo campaign. There will a digital social booth to take photos along with great drink specials.

When: Thursday, April 24th 5:30-8:30 PM

Where: The Big Hunt 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036

RSVP Here: http://ow.ly/vTOdw 

Mar 24, 2014

Speaking Up to End Violence Against Women

During the last few months, with your support, Women Thrive has been reaching out to Congress to educate them about how to prevent and appropriately respond to all forms of violence against women and girls. We have discussed why violence against women and girls should be addressed on a global scale, emphasizing that no country is immune to it. Violence crosses all borders and affects women of all ages, social groups, religions and economic, racial and ethnic groups.

Great conversations have been made between Women Thrive and staff from several Congressional offices, including Representative Honda (CA-17th), Representative Black (MO-117th), Representative Hoyer (Minority Whip, MD-5th), and Senator Fischer (R-MN) to name a few. Furthermore, original sponsors of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9th), Christopher Gibson (NY-19th) and Richard Hanna (NY-22nd) have been engaged in the effort to end violence against women. Check out Christopher Gibson’s piece, written in honor of International Women's Day, which urges Congress to take a stand against violence and lead by example to the rest of the world. Our discussions with lawmakers have focused on the consequences of violence against women, the importance of addressing it, and the need to dedicate more funding to programs that protect women and children. 

Violence against women remains a major issue all over the world, with 1 in 3 women experiencing it during their lifetime. You are helping us build momentum to make ending violence a top diplomatic priority. Thank you for your support.

 

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

 

P.S.  Want to do more? Check out this activist TOOLKIT that Women Thrive co-wrote with other member organizations in the Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls Globally.

 

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