This Valentine’s Day, Women Thrive is celebrating all of the amazing women we work with in Ghana and around the world!
Women Thrive has been working with women in Ghana since 2010, mainly through our partnership with the Development Action Association (DAA). We provided advocacy and leadership training to the women of DAA, as well as connections to high-level decision makers. With this additional spark, they have been able to establish themselves as a knowledgeable, connected organization in Ghana by key influencers at the local, state, national, regional, and even international levels! Here are just a few examples:
To this day, Women Thrive continues to work with Lydia and DAA on ways to increase economic opportunities for rural women. This Valentine’s Day, we hope you can show your support to women in Ghana and globally by:
Together, we can make a difference.We appreciate your belief in our work, and we are grateful for your support.
Senior Manager, Organizational Advancement
P.S. If you are local to Washington, DC or in town this week, please join us in our pre-Valentines Day Event—#Love2Ghana. There will be raffle prizes, a digital social booth, and drink specials.
When: Thursday, February 13th | 5:30-9:00 PM
Where: Crios Modern Mexican. 2120 P St. NW, Washington DC 20037
RSVP Here: http://womenthrive.org/join-us-happy-hour-celebrate-women-around-world
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Check them out and get involved in making 2014 a big year for women and girls!
Having travelled across the globe, it’s not surprising to see women in the fields, behind plows, and selling their harvest in the market. In fact, most of the world’s smallholder farmers are women.
I live in Washington, D.C. now, but I can relate to some of these women’s experiences. I come from a long line of farmers on both sides of my family. Our farms were in Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and I witnessed first hand the long days and the rush to use every bit of daylight to plow, plant, or harvest.
Farmers the world over—from Virginia to Ghana—deal with factors that can make or break their success, no matter how hard they’ve worked, including weather, soil, seeds, fertilizer, machinery and market access and competition.
And while weather is a constant for men and women on the farm, that’s just about where most equality stops.
I just returned from meeting with women farmers throughout Ghana. As with many women in developing countries, they face greater challenges including: lack of access to markets, limited land plots of 1-3 acres (usually the least fertile), and desperate need of tractors and other equipment, which are owned and used almost solely by men.
But women’s collectives and networks are proving to be one of the strongest tools for helping women smallholder farmers voice their concerns and change the way they farm and access markets. These collectives are strong and strategic, and in many cases shifting entire policies.
Take the Development Action Association (DAA) in Ghana, for example.
DAA represents over 1,500 farmers who affect thousands more. When DAA is able to shift policy, they impact thousands of farmers in Ghana. Earlier this month, I visited Lydia Sasu and some of the women of DAA, the collective Lydia started nearly 17 years ago and that has partnered with Women Thrive since 2010.
The collective is now in 46 rural communities throughout the southern part of the country. DAA works to create networks of women farmers – whether they operate vegetable farms or even fisheries. They understand the power of collective voice and collective action.
Through working together and with some advocacy training from Women Thrive, the members of DAA have been able to provide training to each other, build schools for their local communities, and advocate for better policies from the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
The simple truth is this: we're stronger when we work together. And that's a lesson that's just as true for women plowing small fields in Ghana as it is for men harvesting corn in Virginia.
That's why Women Thrive strives day-in and day-out to help women smallholder farmers get the skills and resources they need to make their voices heard and feed their families. Your support helps us do that. Thank you for your believing in our work. We look forward to sharing more updates on what you’ve helped achieve for women and girls globally in 2014.
Lauren SupinaVice President of Organizational Advancement
Lauren Supina is a Vice President at Women Thrive Worldwide, a 15-year-old NGO dedicated to bringing the voices of women in developing countries directly to decision-makers in Washington and at the global level. Lauren has travelled to more than 20 countries visiting local women, and has represented the United States at international conferences and on international delegations. Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenSupina.
Want to learn more? Visit us online at www.womenthrive.org.
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:
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,
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).
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).
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.
Women Thrive Worldwide
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