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Violence Against Women

Stop Violence

Your voice can make all the difference in ending violence against women.

Far too many women and girls live in fear day in and day out. The World Health Organization reports that an astounding one in three women worldwide experiences physical or sexual violence. In some countries, that rate jumps to 70 percent.

Women Thrive works for transformational change to reduce, prevent, and address domestic violence, rape, bride burnings, dowry deaths and other kinds of violence and abuse against women and girls.

Together, we can change the status quo and create a world where domestic violence, rape, and other forms of violence against women become a thing of the past. 


  • Globally, 35 percent of women experience sexual or physical violence (World Health Organization)
  • Each year, 3 million girls face the risk of female genital mutilation or cutting (UNFPA)
  • Sixty percent of women whose first sexual experience was forced go on to experience further sexual violence later in life (UNFPA)



Ritu Sharma

Chrissy Hart

Ritu Sharma

As President and Co-founder of Women Thrive, Ritu helped develop the original International Violence Against Women Act and continues to play a unique role within the international development field for raising awareness of violence against women and girls and the policy and program solutions that research and experience show work.

Christine Hart

As Manager of Policy and Government Affairs, Chrissy leads Women's Thrive's efforts on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to pass legislation like the International Violence Against Women Act, and to ensure that gender is a key piece of the United States' fiscal and foreign policy priorities.

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