Pax World’s Global Citizen Program enables Pax World shareholders to earmark portions of their dividends and/or capital gains as a contribution to one of two non-profit organizations that are working to alleviate poverty, empower women, and promote sustainable development around the globe: Mercy Corps and Women Thrive Alliance.
Women Thrive Alliance is a global feminist advocacy network with one goal: make gender equality a reality. Below is an update from the Women Thrive team on their recent accomplishments.
2017 was a big year for Women Thrive. We have increased the number of Alliance members, provided online and in-person workshops, and widened and strengthened our platforms to ensure women’s voices are heard in important decision-making spaces. Here are some of the highlights:
In 2017, we surpassed 300 Alliance members. What once was a group of a few grassroots gender equality and women’s rights organizations is now a global network whose members reach up to 1.3 million women and girls in 53 countries. The collective voice of our Alliance has created a movement, bringing advocates together from Vanuatu to Nigeria to Afghanistan. Next year, we have the ambitious goal to reach 400 members, as well as to deepen the Alliance’s geographical diversification so that all women and girls can be represented.
From meetings on Capitol Hill to halls of the United Nations to the Twitter profiles of millions, we have raised awareness around the fact that women, especially grassroots women, are not #InTheRoom during decision-making processes. Thanks to our dedicated supporters, our advocacy campaign #InTheRoom went global! Our members’ letters and recommendations to key U.N. and U.S. government decision-makers helped raise awareness about what needs to happen for women and girls to access their rights. Next year, our goal is to bring as many as ten grassroots gender equality advocates to high-level U.N. conferences, so that they can directly deliver their messages to those who have the power to influence their lives.
We doubled the number of participants from our 2016 Raise Your Voice courses. In 2018, we hope to hold even more online courses and in-country workshops in order to achieve our goal to train 500 advocates!
In 2018, Women Thrive will celebrate its 20th year. Through our 20 Years, we’ve offered 700 hours of coaching to Alliance members, 200 hours of in-country workshops, and approximately 1000 hours spent advocating on Capitol Hill and the U.N. combined. Next year, our #20YearsThriving campaign
will showcase the work we’ve done through our members’ and supporters’ stories, videos, events, and much more.
Now more than ever, our work is crucial if we are to ensure women and girls are not left behind in the fight against poverty and inequality!