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 24, 2014

Speaking Up to End Violence Against Women

During the last few months, with your support, Women Thrive has been reaching out to Congress to educate them about how to prevent and appropriately respond to all forms of violence against women and girls. We have discussed why violence against women and girls should be addressed on a global scale, emphasizing that no country is immune to it. Violence crosses all borders and affects women of all ages, social groups, religions and economic, racial and ethnic groups.

Great conversations have been made between Women Thrive and staff from several Congressional offices, including Representative Honda (CA-17th), Representative Black (MO-117th), Representative Hoyer (Minority Whip, MD-5th), and Senator Fischer (R-MN) to name a few. Furthermore, original sponsors of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9th), Christopher Gibson (NY-19th) and Richard Hanna (NY-22nd) have been engaged in the effort to end violence against women. Check out Christopher Gibson’s piece, written in honor of International Women's Day, which urges Congress to take a stand against violence and lead by example to the rest of the world. Our discussions with lawmakers have focused on the consequences of violence against women, the importance of addressing it, and the need to dedicate more funding to programs that protect women and children. 

Violence against women remains a major issue all over the world, with 1 in 3 women experiencing it during their lifetime. You are helping us build momentum to make ending violence a top diplomatic priority. Thank you for your support.

 

Warm Regards,

Mina Alemzadeh

 

P.S.  Want to do more? Check out this activist TOOLKIT that Women Thrive co-wrote with other member organizations in the Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls Globally.

 

Feb 12, 2014

Show Your #Love2Ghana

Lydia Sasu
Lydia Sasu

This Valentine’s Day, Women Thrive is celebrating all of the amazing women we work with in Ghana and around the world!

Women Thrive has been working with women in Ghana since 2010, mainly through our partnership with the Development Action Association (DAA). We provided advocacy and leadership training to the women of DAA, as well as connections to high-level decision makers. With this additional spark, they have been able to establish themselves as a knowledgeable, connected organization in Ghana by key influencers at the local, state, national, regional, and even international levels! Here are just a few examples:

  • In 2012 DAA’s Executive Director, Lydia Sasu, was nominated as not just the gender representative, but also the farmer representative for the science and technology committee. This position helped Lydia to connect with other important players in her country, push for gender integration across many thematic areas, and shape the implementation of Ghana’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan.
  • Women Thrive sponsored Lydia to speak before Members of Congress on several occasions, spreading the message on how to make U.S. agriculture assistance work better for rural women.
  • Lydia was also honored with the Women’s Creativity in Rural life Award given by the Women’s World Summit foundation in Geneva.

To this day, Women Thrive continues to work with Lydia and DAA on ways to increase economic opportunities for rural women. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you can show your support to women in Ghana and globally by:

  • Tweeting your support. Ghana's women help grow food for families, communities, and the world! Help us send #Love2Ghana this Valentine's Day by tweeting a pic! We will gather your pictures and tweets and send them to DAA on Valentine’s Day!
  • Donate to Women Thrive on February 12 as part of GlobalGiving’s MATCH DAY! TODAY ONLY, Global Giving will match 30% in funds for each donation given. The timing could not be any more perfect, as Women Thrive beings planning a course of action after our recent research trip to Ghana in 2013. Your support will help us strengthen our partnerships with women’s organizations in Ghana and the rest of the world.

Together, we can make a difference.We appreciate your belief in our work, and we are grateful for your support.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Mei Powers

Senior Manager, Organizational Advancement

 

 

P.S. If you are local to Washington, DC or in town this week, please join us in our pre-Valentines Day Event—#Love2Ghana. There will be raffle prizes, a digital social booth, and drink specials.

 

When: Thursday, February 13th | 5:30-9:00 PM

Where: Crios Modern Mexican. 2120 P St. NW, Washington DC 20037

 

RSVP Here: http://womenthrive.org/join-us-happy-hour-celebrate-women-around-world

Dec 30, 2013

Top 13 Moments in 2013

Maria and her family (Marcala, Honduras)
Maria and her family (Marcala, Honduras)

Women Thrive accomplished a lot on behalf of the world’s women and girls in 2013. We've highlighted 13 of our favorite moments from the past year.

A few highlights...

  • We met up with Maria, a rural farmer who lives just outside Marcala, Honduras. Maria's family was one of 40 who benefitted from an irrigation program Women Thrive worked to promote. As a result, her children are healthier and now she can afford to send them to school.
  • Women's economic opportunities can make or break a family's ability to survive and thrive, so this year we expanded our work on women’s economic opportunities with intensive on-the-ground research in Haiti and Ghana. When we arrived in one small village in northern Ghana, we were met by 150 amazing members of a women's farming collective who welcomed us with dancing and excitement.
  • Des Moines, Iowa might not be the center of the policy world, but each year the city hosts what is arguably the most important global conversation on hunger and agriculture. In October, Ritu hopped a flight to Iowa to advocate for a greater role for women farmers from developing countries in the campaign against world hunger. There she spoke on a panel with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and philanthropist Howard Buffett.

To view the full list, please click here. The report is also attached.

Check them out and get involved in making 2014 a big year for women and girls!

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