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27Jun

20 Years

June 27, 2018 — After 20 years of helping grassroots gender equality advocates raise their voices and change lives around the world, Women Thrive is closing its doors. Women Thrive’s final report is a journey of the last 20 years. The report looks back at the work and accomplishments of the Women’s EDGE Coalition in 1998 to its transformation to Women Thrive Worldwide in 2008 and ends with messages from the Alliance members and a summary of the work during the most...

21Jun

Press Release: Important Notice About the Future of Women Thrive Alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21) — Women Thrive Alliance, also known as Women Thrive Worldwide, will be closing its doors at the end of the month after twenty years of impactful work. Since 1998, Women Thrive has been a leader in ensuring that grassroots women and girls around the world take part in policy and decision-making processes impacting their lives. Founded by Ritu Sharma and Elise Fiber-Smith, Women Thrive evolved from an advocacy organization focused on impacting U.S. government foreign...

21May

Meet Our Members: Fatma from Tanzania

May 21, 2018 — Fatma spoke with Women Thrive during the Raise Your Voice workshop in Tanzania for the Meet Our Members interview series about why she’s a women’s rights advocate and the projects her organization, Women Wake Up (WOWAP), is doing to promote gender equality. ...

16May

“A great opportunity”: Report from the Raise Your Visibility online course

By Noel Schroeder, May 17, 2018 — Last month, we facilitated our Raise Your Visibility course to 24 Women Thrive Alliance member organizations from 13 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Raise Your Visibility is a four-week long course that equips grassroots gender equality and women’s rights organizations with the skills to build their presence online to communicate impact and reach new supporters effectively. During the...

27Apr

Meet Our Members: Aissa from Cameroon

April 30, 2018 —  Aissa is the Founder and Director of Association to Combat Violence Against Women (ALVF) from Cameroon. In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM; however, for Aissa this is her daily work. Hear from Aissa what it means to be an advocate for women’s rights and her work to end violence against women. ...

20Apr

Statement on the Introduction of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act

April 20, 2018 —  Women Thrive Alliance along with over 20 organizations welcome the introduction of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that prioritizes women’s economic empowerment and highlights the financial tools, resources, and rights necessary for women to advance. Thank you to Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Congresswomen Lois Frankel (D-FL), Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), for their leadership in women’s advancement globally. Click here...

19Apr

How Can We Be Heard If We Are Arrested?

April 19, 2018 — Women Thrive’s Achieve SDG5 Project Associate Agar Nana Mbianda featured an op-ed, How Can We Be Heard If We Are Arrested?, in the latest edition of Ms. Blog.  The op-ed addresses the all too often instances of grassroots-level activists getting arrested for their work to achieve women’s rights and gender equality even when their government has signed onto various international measures, like the Sustainable Development Goals, that theoretically support their advocacy. Upon talking with Women Thrive’s members, Agar learned...

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