Newsletter - April 2018

Women Thrive is proud to update you on our latest achievements and to share ways you can take action to help make gender equality a reality! Learn more in our April 2018 Newsletter! 

Women Thrive is proud to update you on our latest achievements and to share ways you can take action to help make gender equality a reality!

Women Thrive ED and Alliance members at World Bank event

Women Thrive Executive Director Emily Bove (center) with Alliance members ACESWorld Founder Linda Jackson (left) and Sustainable Fishing Farm Initiative Founder Kanchan Amatya at the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum

RECENT ACTIONS

Want to know more about how Women Thrive’s work impacts grassroots level groups and advocates? Check out our Quarter 1 Updates, where we share a brief summary of the impact and reach our programs have made over the past three months.

Spreading the word on gender equality: 

* In April, Women Thrive’s Executive Director Emily Bove spoke at the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum about the impact grassroots women have on sustainable agriculture. Also, check out Emily’s interview with WorldWideWomen, who featured her in their Making a Difference series.

* Women Thrive was active spreading the word on the safety of grassroots groups working to achieve women’s rights. Achieve SDG5 Project Associate Agar Mbianda’s op-ed in Ms. Magazine, looked at how women human rights defenders are getting arrested for their work even when it is ratified by governments’ pledges to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result of our Alliance members’ arrests, Women Thrive’s latest Medium blog proposed 8 Things Activist Can Do to Keep Themselves Safe.

Advocating for gender equality around the world:  

* Women Thrive joined over 115 organizations to pledge to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment by and of staff, and the communities we serve. We were also proud to join the newly formed Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which backed the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act introduced by Congresswoman Frankel and Congressman Royce.  

* April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM, and throughout the month we shared ways our members combat sexual assault, ways you can take action, and resource tools. Our Executive Director contemplated What the #MeToo Movement Could Mean for Ending Gender Inequality.

Skills building for gender equality advocates worldwide:

* We just wrapped up our online Raise Your Visibility course, which equips Alliance members with skills to build their social media presence and better ways to communicate the impact they make on a daily basis. Stay tuned for the course takeaways!

* Want to know what a Raise Your Voice workshop is like? Check out this short clip from the workshop held in Tanzania this past February.

Our Alliance members -- a network of over 315 women’s rights and gender equality grassroots organizations -- have been hard at work in their countries:

* We have welcomed five new members to the Alliance. These organizations from Liberia, Nepal, and Nigeria work on issues ranging from gender-based violence to women’s political participation to indigenous women’s rights.

* Sexual assault awareness for many of our members is daily work, therefore for #SAAM, April’s Meet Our Members video profiles Aissa from Association to Combat Violence Against Women (ALVF). Tune in to hear about her work as a gender equality advocate on sexual violence in Cameroon.

* In Tanzania, four Alliance members shared concrete stories and gender data with academics and scientists during the International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

TAKE ACTION & COMING UP

You can directly support and champion the work of women’s rights and gender equality advocates all over the world in many ways. Here are few resources and ways to take action!

* Gender equality champions, grow your skill set with another tool in Your United Nations Toolkit! Our most recent tool looks into Shadow Reporting for U.N. Processes. We also know that there is power in numbers, so we’ve prepared some tips and best practices for Coalition-Building and Management.

* Twitter Chat with Alliance members about their work to end child marriage. Join us on Monday, May 7 at 11 am ET at #SayftyChat with members Sayfty from India, SIRP from Nigeria, and Genet Malawi.

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* We are hosting our second Women Thrive Live Chat. Join us on May 16 at 11:30 am ET for a chat about “Personal Safety -- What Activists Need to Know.” Safety is a big issue for activist here in the U.S. and for our members worldwide, our Facebook Live chat gives all women’s rights champions (you) the chance to weigh in on this important issue. Join us on Facebook Live!

* Women Thrive’s Executive Director Emily Bove will be speaking at the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium about how grassroots groups create sustainable change, increase women’s leadership, and more.

* Mother’s Day is right around the corner, honor a woman in your life by helping to get grassroots experts #InTheRoom! For a limited time only, GlobalGiving is matching Women Thrive’s project to celebrate Mother’s Day. Have your donation matched today!

In 2018, stay tuned for new ways to engage with the Alliance members and join us at events throughout the year. We’re excited to hear from and meet our followers in-person as we grow our Women Thrive family.

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