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Ask Congress to Help Lift Millions of Women Globally Out of Poverty


In the fight against global poverty, families, communities and entire societies benefit when women are empowered.

Economically empowered women invest in the nutritional, health and educational needs of their children, helping to alleviate poverty for their families and communities.

Right now, an innovative, bi-partisan bill is making its way through the United States Senate that would give millions of women worldwide the economic tools to lift themselves and their children out of poverty.

If passed by Congress, the GROWTH Act would reshape U.S. assistance and trade policy by:

(1) Helping women living in poverty start and grow their own microenterprises through access to microfinance; (2) Helping increase women's land and property rights; and (3) Helping improve women's wages and working conditions in poor countries by emphasizing training and education.

U.S. policies can make a huge impact on the lives of women around the world.

Sign this petition and tell your senators to make sure this promising bill is at the top of their agenda.

Photo Credit: John Rae for ACCION International

Letter to
U.S. Senate
I am asking you to co-sponsor the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act (S. 1425).

This innovative, bi-partisan piece of legislation would improve the effectiveness of U.S. international assistance and trade policy by focusing on economic opportunities for marginalized women in developing countries. The GROWTH Act would help millions of women lift themselves and their families out of poverty through access to microfinance. It would also empower women in poor countries in the following areas: small business ownership, land and property rights, equal wages and working conditions, and global trade opportunities.

Microfinance efforts have shown again and again that economically empowered women invest in the nutritional, health and educational needs of their children, helping to lift their families and communities out of poverty.

Unfortunately, women face unequal barriers and hardships in many underdeveloped regions. The GROWTH Act would work to address those obstacles.

I urge you to make moving the GROWTH Act (S. 1425) forward one of your top priorities this year.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to your response on this important issue.

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