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Publications & Reports

New Brief: Equitable Learning for All in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Equity, learning, and a continuum of learning from early childhood to adolescence are crucial to ensuring inclusive growth, sustainable development, and the elimination of extreme poverty in the post-2015 development agenda.

SNAPSHOT | The International Affairs Budget at Work for Women and Girls

Posted on 03.22.13

The U.S. government's international affairs budget goes a long way to helping the world’s most vulnerable women and families, which in turn promotes a safer and healthier global community.  This investment supports a wide range of international efforts that bolster diplomacy and economic, social and political development in strategic parts of the world.

Quality Education for Girls

Posted on 03.05.13

Around the world, millions of girls experience barriers to learning and education that prevent them from lifting themselves, and their communities, out of poverty.

Post-Election Analysis


Now that the ballots have been counted, there’s been a lot of analysis of many issues--from immigration to economic policy to foreign affairs. But what about women and girls around the world? Here’s Women Thrive’s read on global women’s issues under a second Obama Administration and with the new 113th Congress.

Women in the World Today

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In 1995, 189 countries came together for the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to outline a Plan of Action to improve the conditions of women and girls worldwide.  Seventeen years on, the State Department reports on the progress that's been made since that historic gathering. 

This report includes an in-depth look at our partner organization in Honduras, COMUCAP.  Women Thrive has worked with COMUCAP and its founder Dulce Marlen Contreras for years, to make sure that they have the tools they need to make their coffee cooperative a success and offer members of their community a path out of poverty.

Women Thrive Analysis: White House Strategy vs. IVAWA

Posted on 09.05.12

On August 10, the White House released a strategy to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against women and girls around the world. Read Women Thrive's analysis of the "U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence" and how it compares to the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

A Roadmap for Continued US Leadership to End Global Hunger

Posted on 07.25.12

This 2012 report presents a vision for a comprehensive and integrated US strategy to increase global food security, including suggested levels of financial support for emergency, safety net, nutrition, and agricultural development programs.

Why is the Gender Policy So Important for Women? A Letter from our President

Posted on 03.01.12

On March 1, 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released an historic gender policy that aims to shrink the gaping disparities between women and men, reduce violence against women and girls, and increase their capacity to make their own life decisions and pursue their own potential. Read more about it from our President.

The Chicago Council features a brief by Women Thrive President Ritu Sharma

Posted on 02.24.12

In honor of International Women's Day, the Chicago Council released a brief by Women Thrive Co-Founder and President Ritu Sharma that analyzes how well Feed the Future, the U.S. government's largest agriculture initiative, is incorporating the needs of women and girls into it's programs.

International Women's Programs and the FY 2012 Spending Bill

Posted on 01.03.12

The 2012 budget negotiations preserved programs supporting the poorest worldwide and also included strong provisions on gender equality and fighting violence against women.  Read our analysis here.