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Women Thrive Founder and President, Ritu Sharma
Women Thrive Founder and President, Ritu Sharma

Please tune in to CSPAN's Washington Journal with Steve Scully this Sunday February 3, at 9:15 AM EST. Ritu will talk about the situation of women and girls around the world - including critical issues such as land rights and food security, Secretary Hillary Clinton's efforts to make their concerns central to our nation's foreign policy, and Women Thrive's hopes for what we can expect in the next four years of this Administration.

If you miss the show, please visit our website www.womenthrive.org  and we will have a link to the show online as soon as it becomes available.

It promises to be an exciting conversation so we hope you can tune in and let us know what you think!

Right now, I happen to be far removed from the flurry of activity that dominates this time of year. I’m writing to you from the other side of the world in Sri Lanka, where I’m undertaking my fourth $1 a Day experience. Just like I’ve done before in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Burkina Faso, I’m living side by side with one of the many millions of women in the world that manage to survive on a $1 a Day.

While most Americans were enjoying a second helping of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, I was eating a modest cup of rice and beans with roti (unleavened bread) on the other side of the world. The meal cost 15 cents and was all I could afford, having blown most of my daily budget on a handful of cashews earlier in the day. I went to bed with a grumbling belly and a headache I couldn’t treat for lack of aspirin. Rarely do I have to suffer this type of discomfort, but it’s a feeling my host, Malani, knows all too well.

Soon I’ll be sharing my photos and personal notes about this trip with you. But in the meantime, let me just say that if you could stand where I’m standing and meet the incredible women that are able to do so much with so little, you would not hesitate to do all that you can to help us get policies in place to make their lives a little bit easier.

While I have your attention, I want to let you know about two exciting match campaigns that will kick off December 1st:

Throughout the entire month of December, GlobalGiving will match all new monthly recurring donations 100% up to $100 per donor. GlobalGiving has $25,000 in matching funds available, and matching will last until funds run out or December 31st at 11:59 pm EST.  

Additionally, a generous Women Thrive donor has offered to match donations made in December up to $8,000

I'm really excited about this opportunity because it gives you the chance to triple the impact of your donation: new recurring donations made in December will be matched by both GlobalGiving and our anonymous donor! 

If you plan to give, please give generously. Your support truly helps us advocate for policies that empower women like Malani living in poverty around the globe.

 

Sincerely,

Ritu Sharma

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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The renowned Catalogue for Philanthropy has recently announced that Women Thrive Worldwide is “one of the best nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. region” for 2012. The honor is given to charities that have been selected for “excellence, cost-effectiveness, and impact,” says Barbara Harman, President and Editor of the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington.

This award shows that you can invest in us with confidence, and that every dollar you donate stretches further to help women farmers lift themselves and their families out of poverty. For more information on Women Thrive's latest honor, please click here. 

If you are interested in helping Women Thrive do more, check out our new project fighting gender based violence (GBV). Violence is an issue that affects women and girls worldwide, and is particularly harmful for rural women farmers. If women are not safe in the fields, marketplaces, or even in their own homes, they will be unable to effectively use the agricultural resources that aid programs provide. Violence must be stopped to truly eradicate hunger and poverty.  

Thank you for all your support! 

*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012

On July 10, 2012, DuPont launched its new Global Food Security Index, an online interactive tool to examine food availability, affordability, quality and safety in 105 countries around the world. The Index will measure the impact of investments and will promote collaboration between world leaders and civil society organizations to address one of the most pressing issues of our time—feeding a growing world population.

Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, spoke at the event, alongside other food security and international development experts like Howard Buffett, farmer and founder of the Howard Buffett Foundation, Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, and Dr. Patrick Westhoff, director at Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. As the only female guest speaker, Ritu ensured that women and girls, who make up the majority of small-scale farmers, were not forgotten in this important discussion. For instance, Ritu asserted that agricultural technologies must be easy for women to adopt in order to truly reduce food insecurity.  

It is because of supporters like you that the voices of women and girls are not ignored. Thank you! If you are inspired to do more to help women and girls feed the world, you can:

  • Share our project page with friends and family
  • Find out more about food security and DuPont’s Index by watching this video: http://tinyurl.com/6mrbe89
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012
*Photo courtesy of DuPont 6/10/2012

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