Newsletter - February 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 February 2018 Newsletter!

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

RECENT ACTIONS

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available! Whether you’re new to the Women Thrive family and looking to learn more about our work or you’re already a friend and want to know what we’ve been able to accomplish because of your support, we encourage you to take a look! Download a copy here!

We held our first Facebook Live chat to look at feminism in the workplace. Stay tuned for more Facebook Live chats to come and watch our first chat here!

Skills building for gender equality advocates worldwide:

* We are currently in Tanzania conducting a Raise Your Voice workshop with our Achieve SDG5 Tanzania coalition thanks to the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

* Our Raise Your Voice online course is preparing advocates to develop feminist advocacy campaigns. One participant told us last week: “The course is very essential to us since gender-based violence affects millions around the world and prevents many people, the vast majority of whom are women, from reaching their full potential.”

Advocating for gender equality around the world:

* We’ve been collecting surveys from Alliance members and many other grassroots women’s rights groups for our second National SDG Scorecard. The data from last year’s scorecard showed us that grassroots groups are not in the room with decision-makers and led to the creation of our #InTheRoom campaign. Stay tuned for the results of this year’s scorecard!  

* At the United Nations, we provided inputs and recommendations to the Commission on the Status of Women’s Zero Draft of the Agreed Conclusions -- the official document that country leaders agree to implement following the conference. Read our recommendations here.

Our Alliance members -- a network of over 310 women’s rights and gender equality grassroots organizations -- have been hard at work in their countries:

* Co-founder and Director of the Pastoralist Child Foundation in Kenya, Samuel Siriria Leadismo, received the "Anti-FGM Male Champion Award" sponsored by the Kenyan Anti-FGM Board in Nairobi

* In our first Meet Our Members video of 2018, Neema from Safeco in the Democratic Republic of the Congo shared why she’s an advocate and campaigns her organization is doing to promote women’s rights.

TAKE ACTION

You can directly support the work of women’s rights and gender equality advocates all over the world by simply following and engaging with them on social media!

Ten of our Alliance members are going to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in March! Get ahead of the game and start following our Alliance members, partners, and hashtags!

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Gender equality champions: grow your skill set with Your #InTheRoom Toolkit! Get to know the in’s and out’s of the Commission on the Status of Women and how to get involved. Also, for visiting advocates, in the toolkit, you can learn how to navigate the United Nations and New York City.

The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which means IVAWA is now under review in both the House and Senate. Call your Congressperson to urge them to support IVAWA!

COMING UP

IWD Happy Hour

 

* Friends in the D.C.-area, we’re hosting a Happy Hour to celebrate International Women’s Day and our #20YearsThriving. Join us on March 9 from 4 - 7 pm at The Embassy Row Hotel!

* Join us on March 12 at 11:00 am ET, for a #Sayftychat on Twitter (hosted by Alliance member Sayfty) on why women, especially grassroots women, must be #InTheRoom with decision-makers!

* On March 19 we’re hosting an event at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women with our friends from the CIVICUS, FEMNET, and the Danish Permanent Mission.

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.

Engage with us directly on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!