Newsletter - January 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 January 2018 Newsletter! 

Happy New Year!

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!

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Our Executive Director recognized for her leadership:

* Philanthropy Women honored Emily Bove with the One World Award for Feminist Leadership in International Philanthropy for bringing "the agenda of global gender equality into public view...[showing] us the way SDG's need to be the focus in order to coordinate efforts in the fight for gender equality."  

* In News Deeply's "Analysis: Why Economic ‘Empowerment’ Is Giving Way to Women’s Rights," Emily Bove addressed the need for "a rights-based approach" in order for economic empowerment to create sustainable change. 

Advocating for gender equality at the United Nations and to the U.S. government:

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* Back in November 2017, we contributed feedback to the United Nations' Development System Review. Our key recommendation: the U.N. must be better at systematically supporting and including grassroots women's rights organizations in its country-level gender equality programs. The recently released summary report showcases messaging from our recommendation!

* Women Thrive and 25 of our Alliance members contributed to and endorsed a set of qualifications for the future Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State. These values and experiences are vital to ensure the U.S. government’s commitments to women and girls worldwide.

* We signed on to a letter to USAID Administrator Green asking him to provide $337.5 million over three years to support the 2018-2020 strategy for the Global Partnership for Education. 

Skills building for gender equality advocates worldwide:

* Our capacity-building program Raise Your Voice ended 2017 with great success -- training a total of 286 advocates in 41 countries! In 2018, our goal is to train 500 advocates. Read more about how we plan to double the number of advocates taught and our new course Raise Your Data.

* We’ve published the complete version of Your SDG5 Toolbox. The 16 tools have everything one needs to understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and become a champion for gender equality.

The Alliance -- a network of 310 women’s rights and gender equality grassroots organizations -- continues to grow:

* Since December, our Alliance has welcomed four new organizations from Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. These organizations work on gender equality issues ranges from sexual and reproductive health education to gender-based violence to women’s economic empowerment. Collectively, they serve over 10,000 women and girls!

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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! 

The Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations is coming up in March. Get ahead of the game, and start following some of our partners, Alliance members, and hashtags!

Play your part to achieve gender equality by 2030 with Your SDG5 Toolbox.

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* We are going to Tanzania! In February, we will host a three-day Raise Your Voice workshop with 30 Alliance members. Stay posted for updates from the Tanzania workshop!

* Next week we start the first online course of 2018 with 45 participants from 19 countries!

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

* In March, at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, we're co-hosting an event with our friends from the CIVICUS Alliance. More information on how to get involved with our #InTheRoom campaign during the conference coming soon!

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!