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


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.


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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been privileged to work with the impressive team at Women Thrive for almost 7 years. Women Thrive is innovative, strategic and fresh - relentlessly working to serve women and girls around the world. What I admire most about our model is that the women we seek to serve are our partners and consultants in figuring out what can be done better in ending poverty. I can't think of an organization that accomplishes so much with with limited resources.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Women Thrive is not just an institution that speaks for the poor in the developing worlds, so that the US government can review its foreign assistant to unable them to reach their potential. The work goes beyond, empowering these women to know their rights and to advocate for themselves - and saying "we are the people who will change our countries, our communities" - don't take these opportunities away - we know we can alleviate poverty and offer our daughters and son the future they deserve. Standing with Women Thrive and standing with these women out there, transforming the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for Women Thrive Worldwide for over three years doing digital marketing and online partnerships. I cant say without hesitation that my colleagues were some of the brightest and driven non-profit professionals around. Here are what I view as Women Thrive's strengths: 1. An idealistic, but pragmatic, approach to change: From how we ran meetings to our policy positions, our values of promoting change within existing avenues for maximum impact imbued our work. 2. A commitment to changing the world by changing basic household economics. Women are more likely to spend their income on food and school for their children. This simple principle inspired us to help women around the world earn the incomes they need to pull their families out of poverty. 3. An understanding of our target markets: Women Thrive's Communications, Marketing and Outreach team remained very clear and focused on who are members are and what makes them tick. We used research and data to back up our assumptions and make marketing decisions. It's leader, Anu Palan's, vision and management skills allowed us to grow our individual members and coalition exponentially. 4. A top-notch global development policy team - Ritu Sharma, Seema Jalan, and Lara Pukatch are not only brilliant policy minds, they also know how to communicate and influence others towards our cause- whether those are donors, partners, or Senators.