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Testimony: Rape as a Weapon of War

On April 1, 2008, Ritu Sharma, President and Co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. In her testimony, Ritu explains how investing in women’s economic opportunity reduces and prevents violence and how the IVAWA would address the problem of rape in armed conflicts in these ways: Prevention through Economic Opportunity and Support: The IVAWA would provide funding, programmatic support and capacity building that would focus on both prevention, such as economic...


Julie Econtró: Bringing Credit, and Hope, to Women in the Philippines

As a microfinance manager in the Philippines, Julie Econtró brings hope to hundreds of women living in poverty. Women in the Philippines face staggering barriers to achieving economic stability. One of these barriers is lack of access to credit. Already, high unemployment rates mean many Filipino’s are unable to find paying jobs. On top of this, banks often see these women as “unbankable” and will not grant them loans, preventing them from starting their own income-generating projects. As an employee of Taytay...


Women Thrive Testimony on AGOA

On July 12 2007, Women Thrive testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of keeping and improving the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an important U.S. Trade Preference Program that has helped many African countries trade with the U.S. and create jobs for the poor. AGOA has helped create thousands of jobs in clothing and textiles industries -– 45,000 jobs in Swaziland, 26,000 in Lesotho, and 30,000 in Kenya.  Ninety percent of these jobs have gone...


Global Trade: Women Thrive Brings Women’s Needs to Washington

On May 17, 2007 Women Thrive Worldwide brought the needs of women living in poverty in the developing world straight to U.S. decision-makers by advocating before the Senate Finance Committee on the importance of extending trade preference programs. Katrin Kuhlmann, Edge’s Senior Vice President for Global Trade, spoke passionately before a packed room and a panel of Senators at the first hearing on U.S. Trade Preference Programs in seven years, urging that such programs be continued and reformed so...


Women Thrive Cosponsors Congressional Briefing on Global Women’s Issues

On March 16, 2007, to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Women Thrive Worldwide, in cooperation with The Democratic Women’s Working Group of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, held a Congressional briefing on global women’s issues.  The purpose of the briefing, entitled “The 110th Congress: An Agenda on Global Women’s Issues” was to outline what concrete actions this Congress, with the first woman speaker and more elected women representatives than ever before, could take as part of U.S. foreign...