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...
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: 

         “In just a few weeks, presidents, prime ministers and heads of state from around the globe will converge on New York City for the UN General Assembly, where the talk will undoubtedly be of unrest in Egypt, food shortages in Africa, and violence in Central America.

        But one group will be making sure the gathered decision-makers focus on a population whose well-being could determine the fate of the world: women. Since 1998, the nonprofit Women Thrive Worldwide has successfully lobbied policy makers in Washington, D.C. and in foreign countries to meet the needs of women, who constitute the majority of the planet's poor and six in ten of the hungry."

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

With your support, Women Thrive and our partners are making huge strides in lifting the voice of women and girls worldwide. Thank you once again for your support. 

Warm Regards,

Mei Powers 

Women Thrive Worldwide

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Jun 21, 2013

Guess who is speaking at the World Food Prize?

Tony Blair, Howard G. Buffett, and Ritu Sharma to Chair "40 Chances" Panel at World Food Prize

Dear Friend,

On June 19, at the State Department, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn announced a special panel at the World Food Prize in October.  The panel is titled “40 Chances,” a term which represents the number of growing seasons that a farmer can expect during his or her lifetime. With the theme of “Redefining the Fight Against Hunger, Poverty, and Suffering,” this discussion will bring together former Prime Minister and Founder of the Africa Governance Initiative Tony Blair, Howard G. Buffett, farmer and President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and Ritu Sharma, co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide. We are truly honored to be part of such an esteemed panel, on which Ritu will  emphasize that small, women farmers should guide the development and adoption of solutions to address world hunger.

To see the press release, please visit the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Here is a link to our announcement of the panel:  Women Thrive Worldwide World Food Prize Panel 

This is really exciting news for Women Thrive, and we wanted to share it with you. We could not do this work without caring individual supporters like you.

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Jun 12, 2013

Take a Stand: Help us End Violence Against Women

“In whatever form it takes, gender-based violence is an intolerable violation of human dignity. No one can quantify the personal pain and anguish of any form of abuse.”  - Hillary Clinton

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights issues of our time - but I don’t really have to tell you that. You already know. You probably also already know about how widespread rape and gender-based violence is in countries like India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The current reality is bleak, but the opportunity to make a difference and change this reality is simple.

The United States Government is a major supporter of poverty and humanitarian programs worldwide, but these investments could do much more to benefit women and girls who are victims of violence. This is where need your help:  sign our petition urging Secretary of State, John Kerry to Prioritize Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls.

As Ritu Sharma, President and co-Founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, says in her recent Huffington Post article on gender based violence, “No single policy or piece of legislation will wipe out gender-based violence in one fell swoop. But each action we take adds to the cumulative tide of meaningful change.” Please add your name to the petition and help us make a change.

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