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 13, 2012

Women Thrive Named "One of the Best"

The renowned Catalogue for Philanthropy has recently announced that Women Thrive Worldwide is “one of the best nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. region” for 2012. The honor is given to charities that have been selected for “excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact,” says Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

This award shows that you can invest in us with confidence, and that every dollar you donate stretches further to help women farmers lift themselves and their families out of poverty. For more information on Women Thrive's latest honor, please click here. 

If you are interested in helping Women Thrive do more, check out our new project fighting gender based violence (GBV). Violence is an issue that affects women and girls worldwide, and is particularly harmful for rural women farmers. If women are not safe in the fields, marketplaces, or even in their own homes, they will be unable to effectively use the agricultural resources that aid programs provide. Violence must be stopped to truly eradicate hunger and poverty.  

Thank you for all your support! 

Jul 26, 2012

Ritu featured on the Diane Rehm Show!

On July 12, Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, spoke on the Diane Rehm Show (NPR) about violence against women in light of the killing of an Afghani woman accused of adultery. Joined by other experts on gender-based violence (GBV), Ritu discussed violence that results from cultural understandings of morality and sexuality. Essentially, people in power manipulate moral codes and place the blame on women, who are powerless to defend themselves.

In response to these kinds of issues, Ritu insisted that more resources and government support be directed towards programs that respond to violence against women and that combat the sources of the problem.

“A very good friend, Marlene Contreras, in Honduras, was very tired of the violence in her community… Instead of taking violence head on, she decided to organize the women to start growing coffee, so they bought some land. They started growing coffee. They have now become incredibly successful. They export 10,000 pounds of fair trade coffee a year. And the violence stopped,” Ritu stated, illustrating that small investments can make a big difference.

These women have liberated themselves from a cycle of violence, but in some areas of the world, the structures of power are even more oppressive. Thanks to your support, women and girls around the world who face violence will get the help they need to fight for their right to lead safe, prosperous lives.

If you would like to do more, share our brand new project page with your family and friends. Violence against women and girls will only continue, unless we do something to stop it.

Click this link for the full interview.

Jul 18, 2012

Ritu speaks at Global Food Security Index Launch

*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012

On July 10, 2012, DuPont launched its new Global Food Security Index, an online interactive tool to examine food availability, affordability, quality and safety in 105 countries around the world. The Index will measure the impact of investments and will promote collaboration between world leaders and civil society organizations to address one of the most pressing issues of our time—feeding a growing world population.

Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, spoke at the event, alongside other food security and international development experts like Howard Buffett, farmer and founder of the Howard Buffett Foundation, Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, and Dr. Patrick Westhoff, director at Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. As the only female guest speaker, Ritu ensured that women and girls, who make up the majority of small-scale farmers, were not forgotten in this important discussion. For instance, Ritu asserted that agricultural technologies must be easy for women to adopt in order to truly reduce food insecurity.  

It is because of supporters like you that the voices of women and girls are not ignored. Thank you! If you are inspired to do more to help women and girls feed the world, you can:

  • Share our project page with friends and family
  • Find out more about food security and DuPont’s Index by watching this video: http://tinyurl.com/6mrbe89
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012
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