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 11, 2013

Rallying to end gender-based violence!

Women Thrive Rally 11/21/13
Women Thrive Rally 11/21/13

On November 20-21 2013, Women Thrive sent a strong message to end violence against women globally. Women Thrive flew in our Haitian partner, Executive Director of Fondasyon Limyè Lavi, Guerda Lexima-Constant so that she could share her story at the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights” hearing on gender-based violence. This was the highest-level discussion on gender-based violence in the past 3 years, and Women Thrive played a major role in making sure that a grassroots voice was heard. Guerda discussed the importance of working with local community organizations to achieve mission goals such as protection from violence and gender equality.

After the hearing, Guerda was able to speak in more detail with members of Congress, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jim McGovern (D-MA) Nita Lowey (D-NY), Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Yvette Clark (D-NY) .

You can view the Tom Lantos Commission hearing HERE 

And we didn’t stop there. The day after the hearing, Women Thrive organized our first-ever rally to end violence against women. The rally was held outside of the Capitol, as the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) act was reintroduced to Congress on that same day. The rally featured Guerda, MTV’s Girl Code comedian Tanisha Long and Indian human rights activist Ravi Kant. All are strong advocates for ending violence against women.

The rally was a success, bringing out coalition members, congressional staffers and folks passing by. Thank you to all who attended and showed their support for ending violence against women and girls globally.

To learn more about our efforts to end violence against women and the I-VAWA act, click HERE to read an informational summary written by Policy staff member, Christina Hart.

Join us in promoting awareness about this dire issue that affects women all over the world. We must never stop demanding a world where women live free of violence. Now is the time to let our voices be heard, loud and clear!

Oct 24, 2013

Report from the World Food Prize

Ritu Sharma with Tony Blair and Howard Buffett
Ritu Sharma with Tony Blair and Howard Buffett

Last week, Women Thrive's President Ritu Sharma spoke on a panel at the World Food Prize with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett on governments and their roles in solving global hunger and poverty.

In this discussion, Ritu emphasized the important role that women have to play in addressing world hunger and gave three recommendations on how to engage small scale women farmers on this issue:

  1. Avoid creating new dependencies. Food policy cannot and must not foist production techniques on local farmers that will only be sustainable with additional, outside support.
  2. Ensure women have the information they need. Women farmers deserve full information about possible food production methods — whether those methods are natural or high-tech — so they can decide what is best for their land and families.
  3. Empower women. Women farmers must not only be informed, but they must also be empowered to decide on food production techniques. Social norms on gender roles, limits on land ownership by women, a lack of access to formal markets, and other structural barriers to equality can limit women’s success in addressing local food crises.

We could not have done this without supporters like you. Your contributions help keep us accountable to the women and girls living in poverty.

Please learn more about how we’re helping women feed the world at:

EX-UK leader: Governments key in hunger fight

Another View: Female farmers need to have their voices heard, too

Thanks again for your support,

Mei Powers

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Sep 13, 2013

We've got their backs

I just wanted to share an article featuring our work from the perspective of one of our amazing partners, Humaira, that appeared recently in the Women in the World Foundation (link below).

http://womenintheworld.org/stories/entry/theyve-got-our-backs 

Here is a section that I thought you would be most interested in: 

         "Because one out of every three women is a victim of sexual or physical violence during her lifetime—in some countries the proportion is as high as 70 percent—Women Thrive is working to get the International Violence Against Women Act introduced into the U.S Congress. The bill would ensure that when U.S. aid dollars are handed out to a foreign country, priority is given to programs that help combat violence against women and girls—a first for the United States.

      If passed, the act would affect US foreign policy in countries from Pakistan to Guatemala, from Ghana to Egypt to Sierra Leone. To help make its case for the act, Women Thrive will ensure that members of Congress hear from women like India's Pooja Taparia, who founded Arpan, a nonprofit that prevents sexual violence against children and helps heal its victims. India, by some accounts, has the world's largest number of sexually abused children.”

With your support, Women Thrive and our partners are making huge strides in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls. Please listen more about our work through Women Thrive's interview with Humaira (link below). 

http://womenthriveworldwide.com/media-resources/resources/humaira-shahid-discusses-violence-against-women-pakistan

Thank you once again for your support. 

 

Warm Regards,

Mei Powers 

Women Thrive Worldwide

http://womenthrive.org/


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