Women Thrive’s mission is to empower women in developing countries to craft their own solutions to escape poverty and violence.
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.