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...
Dec 22, 2014

What the Cromnibus Means for Women & Girls Around the World

Last week, Congress voted on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015—dubbed the “cromnibus”. President Obama soon signed the bill, keeping the government funded for the next nine months. 

So, what does the spending bill do for programs that impact women and girls worldwide? Actually, a lot.

Firstly, funding for the international affairs budget for fiscal year 2015 increased to 49.27 billion for poverty based development assistance. This is an increase of $269 million more than the 2014 budget.

Funding Highlights Include:

  • $150 million for gender-based violence prevention and response efforts
  • $50 million for women’s leadership programming
  • $7.5 million in funding for UN Women Thrive Worldwide

Secondly, the bill not only ramps up funding for development assistance, but also focuses heavily on integrating gender into foreign aid and humanitarian programs. New reporting language will require the US government to provide an official report to Congress and the public on how gender funds are being utilized.

Overall, 2015 looks to be a better year for gender-focused program funding. But this is just the beginning.

Women Thrive will be working hard to ensure U.S. foreign policy does all it can to empower women and girls. Adequately funding programs is just the start. With your help, we are able to engage and educate lawmakers on the importance of gender in foreign aid assistance. Thank you for your continued support as we fight gender-based violence every day in every forum possible.

Oct 15, 2014

Thank You!

Ghanaian Woman and Child
Ghanaian Woman and Child

You helped us reach our funding goal. What can we say? Thank you just doesn’t seem like it’s enough.  

With your support, you helped us highlight the challenges and opportunities that women and men living in extreme poverty around the world face in their every day lives. These findings were captured in our report Less Than Two Dollars a Day: Creating Economic Opportunity for Women and Men Living in Extreme Poverty in Developing Countries. Through the report we amplified the voices of more than 200 grassroots men and women in Haiti and Ghana, 40 interviews with experts in the field and more.

We are excited that the report was just included as #33 in Women Moving Million’s Top 100 Gender Reports of 2014.

The best way we know to show our appreciation is to throw ourselves even more into our advocacy work for women and girls around the world.  Here are a couple of examples of what Women Thrive has in store:

  • We will host a summit in November 2014 to explore how corporations, governments, NGOs and more can better support marginalized women, and help them lead the way out of hunger and poverty.
  • We will make sure women leaders from developing countries have a seat at the table with heads of corporations, NGOs and government agencies. One such leader is Lydia Sasu, Executive Director of Development Action Association (a women farmers cooperative), who is part of our Global Partnerships Network.

Your support has been instrumental in making sure that the ideas and solutions that women and men living in extreme poverty are heard. This critical work is still needed, which is why we have increased our fundraising goal to $80,000.

We hope that you will continue to support this project—particularly on a day when your investment can have even more impact. Please consider donating today to take advantage of GlobalGiving’s match program. Matching begins October 15th at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds ($75,000 available) run out or 11:59 pm EDT.

Thank you once again for your support!

Respectfully,

-Mei Powers

Oct 1, 2014

An Important Conversation with the ONE Campaign

Please pardon the last minute notice, but I wanted to make sure you knew that Women Thrive has teamed up with the ONE Campaign's Girls and Women Program and Google for a special conversation about women and poverty. You can watch and join the Google Hangout here: https://plus.google.com/events/cp4j3r8f6n1gb3t2qs98pq8pcrg?fd=1 

This unique panel—part of an ongoing effort to advance women’s economic opportunity—will include representatives from the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, and FashionABLE.

Jina Moore, Buzzfeed’s International Women’s Rights Correspondent, will be logging in from Kenya to moderate.

I really hope you can join us in a few minutes. If not, the entire conversation will be available live and archived at the link below:

http://womenthrive.org/teach-woman-fish-economic-opportunities-women-developing-world 

I hope you can join us!

Best,

Mei Powers

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