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 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

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 

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