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...
Apr 19, 2013

We're back! Also, honor Mom this Mother's Day

“We want women to have more control over their lives and the decisions that affect them. We need to view women as both beneficiaries and agents of change, not just one or the other" - a Haitian women activist

After a packed two weeks in Haiti, the Women Thrive team has returned to DC encouraged by the women and groups we met with and eager to get to work! Among other activities, Women Thrive led local women's groups and smallholder farmers in an advocacy training and capacity-building workshop. Check out our website for the full update on our trip

I also wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to give the moms you love a gift that makes a difference this Mother's Day. Make a gift in honor of someone you love to Help Women Feed the World and GlobalGiving will send her a card letting her know! What's even better, GlobalGiving is matching $5 for every donation for every tribute made until Mother's Day!

Thanks for your continued support. Together, we are helping women feed the world!  

Apr 2, 2013

It isn't over until it's over...

Thank you so much for your continued support of Women Thrive Worldwide's Help Women Feed the World campaign. Thanks to you, we were able to reach our initial fundraising goal! 

I wish I was writing to say "the work is done!" but that is far from the truth. In fact, there's still a long way to go. Last month, Prof. Olivier De Schutter sounded the battle cry for women and food security in "The Feminization of Farming". Prof De Schutter said it well: The most effective strategies to empower women who tend farm and family — and to alleviate hunger in the process — are to remove the obstacles that hinder them from taking charge of their lives. We were so happy to see this article that we posted a letter to the editor and were featured in the New York Times

At Women Thrive, we believe this conversation needs to continue. And so does the work. This week members of our team our left for Haiti to work with Haitian women and grassroots leaders, the international development community, and the U.S. Government. With critical issues like food security at stake, it is incredibly important that these women are empowered to rebuild communities that thrive politically, socially, and economically. You can follow the trip in Haiti on Twitter using the hashtag #ThriveinHaiti

So, with this report, I would like to announce that Help Women Feed the World will continue to raise funds to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Women and girls still need our support. It isn't over until it's over. Let's continue to help women feed the world!

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Mar 20, 2013

Mobilize Feminist Groups to End Violence

A recent study by political scientists Mala Htun (University of New Mexico) and S. Laurel Weldon (Purdue University) found that when it comes to ending violence against women, mobilizing feminist groups is the most effective path.

The study tracked policies in 70 countries over a 30-year period, concluding that the actions of autonomous feminist groups make the most lasting impact. “Movements explicitly trying to elevate women’s status and expand women’s opportunities” are the key to creating effective policy change. Expanding women’s opportunities and elevating their status lead to a decrease in violence as well as an increase in policies that counter violence against women. Movements by autonomous feminist groups are even more effective than getting women elected is (in fact, Htun and Weldon found not much correlation there at all).

The chief advisor for peace and security for UN Women, Anne-Marie Goetz, said of the study: “[It] strengthens the argument for building the capacity of women’s organizations and ensuring that they have an operating environment that enables them to advance their work.”

Women Thrive has been a leader in the fight to end violence against women globally since its founding. We have always believed in order to solve gender-based violence (GBV), we need a comprehensive solution that not only includes prevention and response to GBV, but also elevates the status of women and expands economic opportunity.  Htun and Weldon’s study affirms Women Thrive’s work and approach.

Additionally, by supporting our work, you help keep us independent. Women Thrive does not accept any government money, making us a credible watchdog. One way in which Women Thrive tries to elevate the status of women everywhere is by holding the government accountable. As governments shape and implement policies, we ensure that these policies will serve, protect, and empower women worldwide.

By supporting Women Thrive, you can combat violence against women and help women and girls live without fear. To learn more about combating GBV, read Htun and and Weldon’s study here. To learn more about Women Thrive and our issues, visit our website.

 

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