Celebrating International Women's Day with Lydia
This past week, we’ve had the pleasure of having Lydia Sasu, our local partner from Ghana, in our office sharing more of her stories, life, and work. She also described how Women Thrive has been an instrumental part of her and her organization’s growth.
“We thank Women Thrive for their assistance—it is more [valuable] than a goat.” Lydia explained that before Women Thrive’s partnership with Development Action Association (DAA), the women thought of themselves as illiterate, rural women without any power. Though they were well aware of the challenges that women faced, they did not know how to make their needs known to the right people to achieve change. Women Thrive built DAA’s advocacy capacities through formal on-site trainings, weekly/monthly teleconferences, ongoing consultation, and coaching.
As a result, Lydia and DAA have established themselves as strong gender advocates—representing women at important tables such as the Ghana’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) process, which is the African-led initiative to reduce hunger and poverty through strategic agricultural investments, as well as Ghana’s Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP) steering committee to monitor gender integration in the CAADP process. What this means is that Lydia has direct input into national food security and agriculture policies and programs so that women’s voices are heard and that rural women can benefit.
Your support has helped ensure that women on the ground know their voices and input should be considered and integrated into the big policies and investments that will influence their country and communities. And in doing so, those investments become more effective in empowering women and girls to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
On March 14, GlobalGiving is having a Bonus Day, where online donations made that day will be matched at 30% until the pool of $50,000 in funds run out (so please give early on the 14th!). Make your donation go farther by giving that day and giving to Women Thrive—an organization that is committed to working with grassroots women and organizations to spur sustainable change from the bottom-up. When you give, please also help spread the word about GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day and your gift to Women Thrive by sharing our project Facebook or Twitter (http://goto.gg/8581). By doing so you could help us win additional prizes. The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. Also the organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. So no matter what the size of your gift, it will make a big difference.
As always, thank you for your support!