Last week, Congress voted on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015—dubbed the “cromnibus”. President Obama soon signed the bill, keeping the government funded for the next nine months.
So, what does the spending bill do for programs that impact women and girls worldwide? Actually, a lot.
Firstly, funding for the international affairs budget for fiscal year 2015 increased to 49.27 billion for poverty based development assistance. This is an increase of $269 million more than the 2014 budget.
Funding Highlights Include:
Secondly, the bill not only ramps up funding for development assistance, but also focuses heavily on integrating gender into foreign aid and humanitarian programs. New reporting language will require the US government to provide an official report to Congress and the public on how gender funds are being utilized.
Overall, 2015 looks to be a better year for gender-focused program funding. But this is just the beginning.
Women Thrive will be working hard to ensure U.S. foreign policy does all it can to empower women and girls. Adequately funding programs is just the start. With your help, we are able to engage and educate lawmakers on the importance of gender in foreign aid assistance. Thank you for your continued support as we fight gender-based violence every day in every forum possible.
Please pardon the last minute notice, but I wanted to make sure you knew that Women Thrive has teamed up with the ONE Campaign's Girls and Women Program and Google for a special conversation about women and poverty. You can watch and join the Google Hangout here: https://plus.google.com/events/cp4j3r8f6n1gb3t2qs98pq8pcrg?fd=1
This unique panel—part of an ongoing effort to advance women’s economic opportunity—will include representatives from the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, and FashionABLE.
Jina Moore, Buzzfeed’s International Women’s Rights Correspondent, will be logging in from Kenya to moderate.
I really hope you can join us in a few minutes. If not, the entire conversation will be available live and archived at the link below:
I hope you can join us!
Last week, Women Thrive brought your voices to Capitol Hill with a loud, clear message: No one, nowhere should have to live in fear of gender-based violence.
So many people like you have helped make the No1Nowhere campaign a success that we thought we’d put together a short VIDEO to let you know how far we have come since its launch. Click HERE to view how far we have come.
When Women Thrive launched the No1Nowhere Campaign in April, we were not sure what to expect. Since then..
All year, Women Thrive and our partners in the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally have been meeting with Congressional offices and building support in the media and online for action to end violence against women and girls.
This is real progress but our work is far from over. We will keep turning the spotlight to end gender based violence in the media and online. And we will continue to educate lawmakers and connect with women and men around the world who are working to stop rape, dowry deaths, female genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women and girls.
We have plenty to do and will need your help. For now, please accept our sincere thanks—on behalf of everyone at Women Thrive Worldwide—for taking the time to care.
In the past few months, we have seen two mass abductions of Nigerian girls by rebel group Boko Haram, a horrid hate crime driven by Elliot Rodger’s feelings of entitlement to female companionship, and three young women raped and hanged in India and Pakistan.
Clearly, gender-based violence (GBV) is not the problem of one nation but rather an issue that the entire globe must face together. Thanks to your donations, Women Thrive Worldwide is able to continue our work to ensure that GBV becomes a problem of the past.
We believe that no country will reach its optimum economic or social potential as long as its women and girls are living in constant fear of physical harm and sexual assault.
In order to eradicate this fear, with your help, we have been engaging Congress to support the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women as well as the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). However, we’ve come to realize that these efforts, although important, are not enough.
It is imperative to make the world aware of the loss it experiences when half of its population, women and girls, is neglected its basic human rights.
Ritu Sharma, president of Women Thrive, has witnessed firsthand the need to include women in the process of overcoming global poverty and strife. In her newly released book, Teach a Woman to Fish, Sharma chronicles her experiences living side-by-side women throughout the world in various regions and cultures. Although each woman and girl Ritu meets throughout her book is uniquely powerful and beautiful, her dogmatic want for a better life and her willingness to sacrifice to obtain it remain consistent.
Pairing a compassionate depiction of the injustices, including GBV, that rob women of their basic rights with a hopeful vision of possible reform, Sharma artfully invites the reader into the fight for female liberation.
We would love for you to join us in this fight by picking up Teach a Woman to Fish. This read will not only make you acutely aware of the daily travesties that global women face but also the steps that you can take in ending such oppressive forces.
Thank you for your continued support to Women Thrive. Together, we will make known that men and women must work in unison to change the world.
On April 14, 234 girls between ages 16 and 18 were abducted from their school in Northern Nigeria by the Islamist armed group, Boko Haram.With the support of donors like you, Women Thrive took immediate action with our partner Ojonwa Deborah Miachi—a passionate girls' education activist in Nigeria. Women Thrive posted Ojonwa's petition to Secretary of State Kerry and Nigeria's Inspector General and National Police on TakePart (https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/demand-action-for-abducted-schoolgirls) that demanded action to bring the girls safely home, bring the perpetrators to justice, and increase measures to protect girls and boys in school so that something like this will never happen again. Within a few days, Women Thrive's activists sent over 32,000 messages to the U.S. State Department. On May 2, Women Thrive's President, Ritu Sharma, spoke on To The Contrary to talk about the developing events in Nigeria as well as the the issue of violence against women and girls globally writ large. Thanks in part to the attention and noise we've helped generate on this issue, Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the actions of Boko Haram, and committed U.S. support in the search for the abducted schoolgirls: “We will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and hold the perpetrators to justice.” Thank you for your support, but our work is not done. Just today our Senior Vice President, Lauren Supina released a statement on the latest Nigerian abduction, demanding a response from the U.S., Nigeria and the international community.As long as women and girls live in fear of physical harm or sexual assault, Women Thrive will continue to push forward policies—like the International Violence Against Women Act and the Women, Peace and Security Act—that work toward ending violence against women and girls. Please continue to stand with us in these efforts. Today is a Global Giving MATCH Day—the perfect time to make your money optimally count. TODAY ONLY, Global Giving will match 30% in funds for each donation given. This potential increase in funds allows Women Thrive to expand our outreach efforts to officials in the U.S. as well as maintain our grassroots network of organizations that we work with on a personal level.
Thank you for committing to protect women and girls worldwide. Together, we can make a difference. We appreciate your belief in our work, and we are grateful for your support.
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