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Habitat for Humanity joins other organizations in support of bipartisan Global Resources for Women to Thrive Act

Capitol Hill event in support of bill focuses on economic empowerment of women

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity joins Representative Nita Lowey, D-New York; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida; Women Thrive Worldwide; CARE and others to celebrate the introduction of the Global Resources for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Insecure tenure is one of the greatest impediments to reducing poverty worldwide,” said Liz Blake, senior vice president Government Relations, Advocacy and Legal for Habitat for Humanity International. “The introduction of the GROWTH Act in the House of Representatives is a pivotal step forward to address this issue, while providing resources to help improve the lives of women worldwide.”

The GROWTH Act promotes the economic empowerment of women living in poverty worldwide and offers solutions for the U.S. to invest in women as they work to pull their families and communities out of the global economic downturn. SB 1425 was previously introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

The legislation is designed to ensure that U.S. international assistance and trade policies promote the economic security of women and their families. It provides women access to credit to start and increase businesses and emphasizes training and education programs that would provide access to higher-quality jobs. It also tackles international legal and structural barriers, such as insecure tenure and difficulty accessing local, regional and global markets to sell products.

Decades of research has shown that when women have more resources, they invest in better housing, nutrition, education and healthcare, which strengthens families and communities over time.

Several key supporters of the legislation will meet on Capitol Hill today to discuss the power of property rights and other factors that will help end poverty. Attendees of the event include Blake; Rep. Lowey; Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide; Lydia Sasu, executive director of Development Action Association, Ghana; and Bowman Cutter, chair of the board for CARE.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit