By Noel Schroeder —
It is with great excitement that we announce that Women Thrive Worldwide is changing its name to Women Thrive Alliance. As many of you know, Women Thrive has focused in recent years on growing its global network of grassroots women’s organizations in developing countries, what we had called the Alliance for Women’s Solutions. This Alliance now consists of some 230 women’s rights organizations around the globe. Last year, Women Thrive and Alliance members were instrumental in securing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 (“Quality Education”) after four hard years of collective advocacy. In March 2016, we launched a report called “Getting equitable education on the global agenda: lessons from collective advocacy at the United Nations.”
Given the consensus in the global development community around the centrality of the Sustainable Development Goals, our successful work around SDG 4, Alliance members’ priorities and the global momentum to achieve true gender equality by 2030, we are now convinced that our efforts must focus on ensuring strong, sustainable grassroots women’s rights organizations around the globe, and to unite around SDG 5 (“Gender Equality”). Going forward, Women Thrive ‘s primary focus will be on strengthening the global movement for gender equality and ensuring that grassroots gender equality organizations hold their governments accountable to the successful implementation of SDG 5.