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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Public & Societal Benefit, Women, Womens Rights

Mission:

United in our belief that ending world poverty begins with women, Women Thrive fosters economic opportunity for women in poor countries. By giving women opportunity, you provide a better long-term solution to the problem.

Women Thrive was created in 1998 to ensure that U.S. development and trade policies help, rather than hinder, women around the world. And most importantly, the organization understands that the voices of women are not being heard by U.S. policy makers who are responsible for enacting legislation that affect the lives of women.

Consider the following facts about the condition of women and girls around the world:

  • More than 1.3 billion people live on less than $1 a day and women account for the vast majority of the world''s poor (UNDP).
  • Forty-eight million children and women are victims of war, natural disasters, extreme poverty and other forms of violence (World Bank).
  • Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults around the world are women. Girls account for over 60 percent of the 113 million children not enrolled in primary school worldwide. Of the girls who do begin primary school, only one in four are still in school four years later (UNESCO).
  • Women produce between 60 and 80 percent of the food in most developing countries, and are responsible for half the world''s food production. Yet governments and international organizations often fail to recognize their roles as farmers, food producers, and food providers, as well as their contributions to household food security (FAO).
  • Women represent 75 percent of workers in the ''shadow'' or informal economy, and have not realized their potential to contribute to and benefit from the global economy.

These facts just begin to illustrate the disadvantaged position of women around the world and the vital role they play in a country''s economic development.

Women Thrive Worldwide works to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance is directed where it can do the most good-- to women, who are proven more likely than men to invest in children''s health, education and welfare. The organization also works to extend fair trade policies, and the growing number of economic opportunities that it offers, to the world''s poorest women.

Programs:

We work with local women's organizations in developing countries make sure that women's needs are being heard. We work with Congress and other U.S. institutions to shape policies that respond to these needs and empower women worldwide to lift their families, communities, and countries out of poverty.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my recent semester-long internship with Women Thrive Worldwide, I was impressed by the commitment, knowledge, and resourcefulness that its staff displayed as they worked to incorporate women’s needs and perspectives into every facet of the United States’ international assistance. Women Thrive has an immediate impact on multiple issues—trade, gender-based violence, agriculture— that are of strategic importance to women in developing countries across the globe. Their approach, which combines support for short-term relief measures with investments in long-term policy solutions for maximum impact, helps overcome the fiscal limitations and partisan debates of today in the interest of a more equitable tomorrow. Women Thrive is a smart, focused organization run by a talented and passionate staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with Women Thrive for a year. I was able to work in 2 departments with a number of smart, driven and passionate women. I was always treated as a valued member of the team and given the opportunity to learn and grow throughout my time there. Seeing everyone in the office work so tirelessly for the rights of women around the world, even when things weren't going their way was truly inspiring. I had such a wonderful experience with Women Thrive that even after being away for over a year I still keep in touch with staff members and follow their work closely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During fall 2011, I had the privilege of interning at Thrive. Although I worked only in one department of Thrive, I received mentor-ship and support from all the staff. I always felt respected, appreciated, and that my work was a valuable contribution. I most admire the work environment at Thrive which promotes leadership among staff, respect, and a value for time. Thrive definitely appreciates all its staff- which includes a focus on interns. Brown bag lunches where my peers and I got to pick the brain of leaders and policy- including Ritu Sharma- was so rewarding. I received as very well rounded experience- seeing Thrive in action on the Hill or on panels- and I was encouraged to learn by attending the numerous talks around DC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Thrive Worldwide is an extraordinary organization that has advocated successfully for women’s rights since 1998. Several of Women Thrive Worldwide's significant campaigns include advocating for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the Access for Afghan Women Act of 2002, and President Obama's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.

As an intern, I saw first-hand the tremendous collaboration between Women Thrive Worldwide and its domestic and international partners. This organization is certainly deserving of the 2012 Women’s Empowerment Award.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Thrive as an intern, and it was a wonderful experience. The staff is made up of intelligent, capable, effective women whose enthusiasm and energy is inspiring. While I was there, the Thrive team went out of their way to make me feel included and involved, and always treated me like a colleague rather than "just an intern." The office environment was laid back, but extremely efficient, which made it easy to be productive. Women Thrive Worldwide is a great place to volunteer, and I would recommend the organization to anyone looking for an internship or a career in this field.

Rachel44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern with Women Thrive Worldwide between January and May of 2012 and I was greatly impressed with the organization. More than other small NGOs I've worked with, they get things done. They advocate 24-7 on behalf of women throughout the world, making sure decision makers in DC understand the necessity of investing in women, defending their rights and ensuring that they have a seat at the table in all foreign aid efforts. As an intern, it was inspiring to work with a group of such hardworking, smart and determined women. In an internship it can be easy to feel like you're just free (or cheap) labor with no real voice but my supervisor made sure that I felt included and that my contribution was valuable. I felt like what I was doing mattered both to the organization but also to women throughout the world.