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...
Oct 23, 2012

Women in the World Today

Women in the World Today

Published on:  October 17, 2012

In 1995, 189 countries came together for the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to outline a Plan of Action to improve the conditions of women and girls worldwide.  Seventeen years on, the State Department reports on the progress that's been made since that historic gathering. 

This report includes an in-depth look at our partner organization in Honduras, COMUCAP.  Women Thrive has worked with COMUCAP and its founder Dulce Marlen Contreras for years, to make sure that they have the tools they need to make their coffee cooperative a success and offer members of their community a path out of poverty.

Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, writes in the book's preface:

In the years since Beijing, advocates, activists and governments around the world have used that plan to advance opportunity and progress for women. The good news is that we have accomplished a great deal. More girls are enrolled in school, more women hold political office, and more laws exist to protect vulnerable populations.

Unfortunately, we have a long way yet to go. Sometimes by custom, sometimes by law, millions of women worldwide are still denied their rights. They are excluded from public life in their societies, subjected to violence or barred from getting an education, taking a job or driving a car...

At the State Department, we believe elevating the status of women and girls in their societies is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. Women and girls are often a community’s greatest untapped resource, which makes investing in them a powerful and effective way to promote international development and our diplomatic agenda...

Women in the World Today shows how far we have come since 1995. Each chapter reflects one of the 12 points in the action plan we developed in Beijing. It also explores what we need to do now, so that all countries can fully benefit from the wisdom, compassion and energy women bring to every aspect of society.

I hope the stories you read here inspire you to take action in your community and help move us closer to that goal.

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Oct 23, 2012

Women in the World Today

Women in the World Today Published on: October 17, 2012 In 1995, 189 countries came together for the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to outline a Plan of Action to improve the conditions of women and girls worldwide. Seventeen years on, the State Department reports on the progress that's been made since that historic gathering. This report includes an in-depth look at our partner organization in Honduras, COMUCAP. Women Thrive has worked with COMUCAP and its founder Dulce Marlen Contreras for years, to make sure that they have the tools they need to make their coffee cooperative a success and offer members of their community a path out of poverty. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, writes in the book's preface: In the years since Beijing, advocates, activists and governments around the world have used that plan to advance opportunity and progress for women. The good news is that we have accomplished a great deal. More girls are enrolled in school, more women hold political office, and more laws exist to protect vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, we have a long way yet to go. Sometimes by custom, sometimes by law, millions of women worldwide are still denied their rights. They are excluded from public life in their societies, subjected to violence or barred from getting an education, taking a job or driving a car... At the State Department, we believe elevating the status of women and girls in their societies is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. Women and girls are often a community's greatest untapped resource, which makes investing in them a powerful and effective way to promote international development and our diplomatic agenda... Women in the World Today shows how far we have come since 1995. Each chapter reflects one of the 12 points in the action plan we developed in Beijing. It also explores what we need to do now, so that all countries can fully benefit from the wisdom, compassion and energy women bring to every aspect of society. I hope the stories you read here inspire you to take action in your community and help move us closer to that goal.

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Aug 17, 2012

White House Releases New Strategy to Fight GBV!

White House guests & our Thank You card
White House guests & our Thank You card

On Friday, August 9, the White House announced the US’s new Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. Ritu Sharma, president and cofounder of Women Thrive Worldwide, spoke at the event, alongside top policy officials from the White House, the State Department, USAID, and George Washington University. As the only panelist from a civil society organization, Ritu made sure that the voices of our coalition partners and grassroots supporters were heard. The press release can be found here.

The strategy ensures that the issue of violence is addressed in every sector of US foreign aid, including legal, security, health, education, economic, and development. By emphasizing programs run by locally-based organizations and civil society groups, this reformed US aid will empower communities to fight gender based violence in ways that best suit their needs.

“Violence against women is unfair, unjust and perhaps the greatest everyday violation of human rights on the planet,” said Ritu Sharma. “What this policy does is make fighting this problem in all of its dimensions a part of all of our nation’s foreign policy efforts. Women who are looking for a chance to live a life free of violence deserve nothing less.

At the event, Women Thrive also delivered an over-sized Thank You card, signed by 600 men and women from around the world. The Thank You card commended the Obama Adminsitration for their commitment to the eradication of gender-based violence. 

Women Thrive is very excited about this development, but there is still more to be done! We rely on supporters like you who are committed to empowering women and girls worldwide. Interested in getting involved?

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Ritu and other panelists speak at the White House
Ritu and other panelists speak at the White House
White House Guests with our Thank You card
White House Guests with our Thank You card
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