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...
Feb 1, 2013

THIS SUNDAY: See our Founder on CSPAN

Women Thrive Founder and President, Ritu Sharma
Women Thrive Founder and President, Ritu Sharma

Please tune in to CSPAN's Washington Journal with Steve Scully this Sunday February 3, at 9:15 AM EST. Ritu will talk about the situation of women and girls around the world - including critical issues such as violence against women and girls, Secretary Hillary Clinton's efforts to make their concerns central to our nation's foreign policy, and Women Thrive's hopes for what we can expect in the next four years of this Administration. 

If you miss the show, please visit our website www.womenthrive.org and we will have a link to the show online as soon as it becomes available.  

It promises to be an exciting conversation so we hope you can tune in, and let us know what you think!

Jan 22, 2013

Women Thrive Founder Speaks out on GBV in News

Ensuring the well-being and safety of women and girls is no easy task. Over the last four years, good gains have been made in ending violence against women and girls but the fight is nowhere near complete. Just within the last couple of months, we have been reminded of how much work needs to be done: rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have risen dramatically due in large part to ongoing conflict there, Malala Yousufzai was brutally shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for her right to be educated, and a spree of horrendous gang rapes in India have left both the country and the world outraged. 

It's clear that policy makers must prioritize the safety of women and girls in order to ensure that broad, sustainable changes are made. As we begin a second Obama Administration, and as women and girls' champion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton steps down in the coming weeks, Women Thrive Worldwide Co-founder and President Ritu Sharma had a few things to say in recent press opportunities: 

"Dear Mr. President,

Thanks to your leadership, the U.S. government has taken huge strides forward in helping to prevent and end violence against women around the world during your first term… ending gender-based violence should remain a top priority for your administration. What we’re asking from you is to take a firm position of leadership in holding various government agencies accountable for ensuring that this strategy is implemented correctly and effectively." (read the full article here: http://womenthrive.org/blog/dear-mr-president-make-your-legacy-last-investing-women)

"Amid all the speculation over what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will or will not do next, here’s the question that’s not being asked: Will anyone else bring the same dedication and focus to improving the lives of women around the world as she has done?" (read the full article here: http://womenthrive.org/media-resources/pressroom/news/after-hillary-clinton-who-will-fight-women). If Clinton’s successor does not prioritize equality as she did, years of progress will be lost. Women Thrive will work directly with the new Secretary and other members of the State Department to help continue this positive momentum.

With your support, Women Thrive has become a leading advocate in the fight to end violence against women and girls. Thank you for your commitment to this cause. I look forward to sharing future media coverage and good news in the coming months. 

PS – Tune in to watch Ritu speak on CSPAN's Washington Journal on Sunday, Feb. 3, where Ritu will talk about what can be done in 2013 to end violence against women and girls. 

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Nov 30, 2012

Greetings from Sri Lanka!

Right now, I happen to be far removed from the flurry of activity that dominates this time of year. I’m writing to you from the other side of the world in Sri Lanka, where I’m undertaking my fourth $1 a Day experience. Just like I’ve done before in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Burkina Faso, I’m living side by side with one of the many millions of women in the world that manage to survive on a $1 a Day.

While most Americans were enjoying a second helping of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I was eating a modest cup of rice and beans with roti (unleavened bread) on the other side of the world. The meal cost 15 cents and was all I could afford, having blown most of my daily budget on a handful of cashews earlier in the day. I went to bed with a grumbling belly and a headache I couldn’t treat for lack of aspirin. Rarely do I have to suffer this type of discomfort, but it’s a feeling my host, Malani, knows all too well.

Soon I’ll be sharing my photos and personal notes about this trip with you. But in the meantime, let me just say that if you could stand where I’m standing and meet the incredible women that are able to do so much with so little, you would not hesitate to do all that you can to help us get policies in place to make their lives a little bit easier.

While I have your attention, I want to let you know about two exciting match campaigns that will kick off December 1st:

Throughout the entire month of December, GlobalGiving will match all new monthly recurring donations 100% up to $100 per donor. GlobalGiving has $25,000 in matching funds available, and matching will last until funds run out or December 31st at 11:59 pm EST.  

Additionally, a generous Women Thrive donor has offered to match donations made in December up to $8,000

I'm really excited about this opportunity because it gives you the chance to triple the impact of your donation: new recurring donations made in December will be matched by both GlobalGiving and our anonymous donor! 

If you plan to give, please give generously. Your support truly helps us advocate for policies that empower women like Malani living in poverty around the globe.

 

Sincerely,

Ritu Sharma

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