Through our Global Partnership Network (GPN), Women Thrive works closely with grassroots organizations on honing their fundraising and advocacy skills in order to generate effective messages and campaigns and achieve positive change. We assist our partners on an array of topics, from impacting laws and policies to addressing the social norms that maintain and increase gender inequality. We believe that citizens, equipped with skills, knowledge, and confidence, can create the best solutions to advance social justice and a more equitable and prosperous future for women and men.
With your support, Women Thrive recently produced 2 new trainings for our partners. These trainings have been led over the web and also on the ground with our partners around the world:
Fundraising Webinar Series: With support from the New Field Foundation, Women Thrive has produced a series of webinars for community-based organizations in developing countries that are working to achieve gender equality. This new series worked with organizations to secure vitally needed resources by growing their fundraising abilities, with a specific focus on the skills needed to find the right donor and communicate their organization’s impact. The series included 6 webinars total. Each webinar had a specific theme. The webinars that Women Thrive created and shared with partners were: 1)Communicating Your impact, 2)How to Establish a Presence Online, 3)Finding the Right Donors, 4)How to Raise Funds Online, 5)Securing Foundation Support, and 6)Reporting It All
Advocacy Messaging Training: Women Thrive just rolled out its advocacy training guide “Raise Your Voice and Be Heard: A Guide to Advocacy for Gender Equality”: We know first hand how important incorporating advocacy into our work is in order to improve the lives of women, men and young people in their communities. Therefore, we are working with partners to help them gain skills and address head on the policies, norms, or behaviors that impede progress towards gender equality. Some may already be making change but don’t see themselves as advocates for gender equality, and others may wish to include advocacy in their work but aren’t sure where to begin. This training gives partners the skills and knowledge to raise their voices for gender equality and be heard by decision-makers. We currently have three staff members travelling through Kenya and Senegal giving the trainings to womens groups, who will then become certified to replicate and go onto facilitate the trainings in their communities.
Your commitment to women and girls is what sustains are work, and we cannot thank you enough. Stay tuned for updates from our partners on their experience and reflections from our trainings by visiting our website at www.womenthrive.org.
With International Women’s Day just passed and the spring season already underway, Women Thrive would like to provide a quick review of how, with your support, we have made advances for women and girls together:
Earlier this month, at the UN General Assembly’s 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Women Thrive hostedan event with FHI 360 and Johnson & Johnson, focused on how integrated delivery of development solutions can accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event included presentations from our grassroots partners, from Nepal and Zimbabwe, followed by a panel discussion about the challenges and benefits of adopting integrated approaches to the empowerment of women and girls.
In February, Women Thrive team members travelled to Rwanda where we worked with our global partners to make sure their voices were heard loud and clear by government ministries at the Sub-Saharan Africa Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015. Together, we set common priorities on equitable education, and then shard these messages with other participants, and incorporated them in the drafting of the outcome document.
As part of the international celebration of women, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and UN Women jointly hosted the International Women’s Day Forum earlier this month. Over 500 leaders in the worldwide effort to empower women, including our own Women Thrive leaders, joined in New York to share and evaluate effective methods for continuing the increase of economic ability and the decrease of the achievement barriers for women and girls across the world.
With your support, Women Thrive is able to achieve continue working towards women’s empowerment worldwide. We cannot thank you enough for being a committed donor. Please let us know if we can further engage with you on any of our issues.
Women Thrive's annual brochure looks back on what we have been able to accomplish on behalf of the world's women and girls in 2014, all thanks to your support. Please click hereto read our brochure and learn more about the impact that your gift has made.
A few highlights from this year:
Spearheading the #No1Nowhere campaign to push for the International Violence Against Women Act currently in Congress. We were met with inspiring enthusiasm from thousands of allies around the world from entertainers, elected officials, and religious leaders. To participate in the campaign, visit www.no1nowhere.com
Facilitating a 2-day capacity-building workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with 50 educational leaders from over 20 Sub-Saharan countries. Participants learned and practiced new skills to advocate for issues like girls' education and violence against girls. Women Thrive has created a training guide to help other civil society organizations improve advocacy skills.
Convening a critical summit on women’s economic opportunity. At our recent summit, “Out of Extreme Poverty: Women Leading the Way”, we brought three extraordinary women—Lydia from Ghana, Sylvia from Nicaragua, and Abbigal from Zimbabwe—to sit down with the World Bank, IFC, State Department, USAID, corporations, foundations and NGOs to encourage greater investments specifically in women’s leadership, capacity building and training.
Thank you for your support in 2014. You have made a world of difference in helping empower women and girls globally.
The best way we know to show our appreciation is to throw ourselves even more into our advocacy work for women and girls around the world. Here are a couple of examples of what Women Thrive has in store:
We will host a summit in November 2014 to explore how corporations, governments, NGOs and more can better support marginalized women, and help them lead the way out of hunger and poverty.
We will make sure women leaders from developing countries have a seat at the table with heads of corporations, NGOs and government agencies. One such leader is Lydia Sasu, Executive Director of Development Action Association (a women farmers cooperative), who is part of our Global Partnerships Network.
Your support has been instrumental in making sure that the ideas and solutions that women and men living in extreme poverty are heard. This critical work is still needed, which is why we have increased our fundraising goal to $80,000.
We hope that you will continue to support this project—particularly on a day when your investment can have even more impact. Please consider donating today to take advantage of GlobalGiving’s match program. Matching begins October 15th at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds ($75,000 available) run out or 11:59 pm EDT.
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:
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