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 20, 2013

Mobilize Feminist Groups to End Violence

A recent study by political scientists Mala Htun (University of New Mexico) and S. Laurel Weldon (Purdue University) found that when it comes to ending violence against women, mobilizing feminist groups is the most effective path.

The study tracked policies in 70 countries over a 30-year period, concluding that the actions of autonomous feminist groups make the most lasting impact. “Movements explicitly trying to elevate women’s status and expand women’s opportunities” are the key to creating effective policy change. Expanding women’s opportunities and elevating their status lead to a decrease in violence as well as an increase in policies that counter violence against women. Movements by autonomous feminist groups are even more effective than getting women elected is (in fact, Htun and Weldon found not much correlation there at all).

The chief advisor for peace and security for UN Women, Anne-Marie Goetz, said of the study: “[It] strengthens the argument for building the capacity of women’s organizations and ensuring that they have an operating environment that enables them to advance their work.”

Women Thrive has been a leader in the fight to end violence against women globally since its founding. We have always believed in order to solve gender-based violence (GBV), we need a comprehensive solution that not only includes prevention and response to GBV, but also elevates the status of women and expands economic opportunity.  Htun and Weldon’s study affirms Women Thrive’s work and approach.

Additionally, by supporting our work, you help keep us independent. Women Thrive does not accept any government money, making us a credible watchdog. One way in which Women Thrive tries to elevate the status of women everywhere is by holding the government accountable. As governments shape and implement policies, we ensure that these policies will serve, protect, and empower women worldwide.

By supporting Women Thrive, you can combat violence against women and help women and girls live without fear. To learn more about combating GBV, read Htun and and Weldon’s study here. To learn more about Women Thrive and our issues, visit our website.

 

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Feb 1, 2013

THIS SUNDAY: (2/3) 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 land rights and food security, 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!

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!

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