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.
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.
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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:
Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, was featured recently as ABC's Working Woman. Please view the video link here: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/06/ritu-sharma-combating-global-abuse-against-women-76553.html In the clip, you hear a bit about her experiences of living on less than $2 a day in places like Burkina Faso and Guatemala, and how Women Thrive is trying to change the world to make it better for all people, particularly women and girls. “It's about really seeing the dignity and honor in every person, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, that all people deserve our respect,” Ritu said. Please watch, share, and let us know what you think by commenting on this report!
Best,Mei PowersManager, Organizational Advancement
Father’s Day is June 17, and we are looking for more good men to join the movement in empowering women worldwide.
Please listen to this two-minute interview with Compaore Koudougou, a husband, farmer, and father of 13 in Burkina Faso: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekzmwzwTNds&list=PL0CE3E8821867E235&index=7&feature=plpp_video. Compaore shares how empowering women (e.g. by providing them with training and greater access to resources) can help men and women better provide for their families and increase crop production to help feed the world.
Getting “buy-in” from men like Compaore is important to ensure that the entire community has a stake in successful outcomes for programs directed at women. This was also revealed in our “Time to Listen Report,” which surveyed and interviewed over 100 women’s organizations from 13 countries.
Too often women's empowerment, women's economic opportunity, and women's rights are seen as a women's issue. As a women's organization, Women Thrive is unique in that we advocate for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. And we recognize that to achieve sustainable change, we need to engage women and men.
For Father's day, will you help us engage more good men? You can do so by:
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- Making a donation in honor of a special man that has been a warrior for women here. GlobalGiving will send a tribute card via mail or email.
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