New ICRW Report: Groundbreaking Program Improves Lives of Ethiopian Child Brides

ICRW evaluation findings released April 7 show that a groundbreaking program in Ethiopia that worked solely with child brides significantly improved many aspects of the girls’ lives. The evidence provides a deeper understanding of the unique needs of the often forgotten population of married adolescent girls and why they need to be given more attention in future global development goals.

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Changing Course in Ethiopia: An Innovative Program Helps Keep Girls in School and Away from the Altar

An innovative program in Amhara, Ethiopia is employing new strategies, such as lessons on sexual and reproductive health, to help keep girls in school and away from the marriage altar. ICRW is set to begin a two year evaluation of the effort in the region, known for high child marriage rates. 

Not Up for Grabs: Protecting women’s land and property rights in Uganda

A new ICRW summary evaluation report released this week details progress made by a group of grassroots ‘paralegals’ who are providing critical legal aid for women at risk of losing their land. ICRW’s Jennifer Abrahamson met with some of the paralegals and their ‘clients’ earlier this month in rural Uganda.

NEW REPORT: Maternal Deaths in Kenya Carry a Price Too High To Bear

First of its kind study in Kenya documents the emotional as well as the financial costs of maternal mortality to households in poor remote communities and explores the impact of these costs on family well-being. 

New ICRW Report Summarizes Effect of Indian Cash Incentive Program

ICRW has released a summary of initial research findings from its ongoing evaluation of a conditional cash transfer program in Haryana, India, to delay girls’ age of marriage and elevate the value of girls.

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ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

VIDEO: 2014 Passports to Progress Panel Discussion

View the full session of ICRW’s 2014 Passports to Progress Panel Discussion “High Returns: How Investing in Adolescent Girls Today Will Pay Off Tomorrow,” held Wednesday, March 5. The panel included speakers from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nike Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations and ICRW.

Girls Not Brides

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What's New

Fri, 04/18/2014

In advance of the World Cup, the State Department held an event to discuss the importance of using sports to bring communities together and to empower women and girls. And they're onto something. ICRW is involved in programs around the world that are using sports, from cricket to soccer to table tennis, as a way to reduce violence against women and empower girls to pursue their dreams.

Tue, 04/15/2014
Tue, 04/15/2014

Yesterday, ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou, a member of the President’s Global Development Council, met with President Barack Obama. The Council met with the President to share its first set of recommendations to strengthen U.S. global development policies and practices.  

Mon, 04/14/2014
Mon, 04/14/2014

ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou sits on President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council, which held its first public meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this morning. 

Fri, 04/11/2014
BBC World Service

A 14-year-old girl in Nigeria has confessed to killing the man she was forced to marry. Ann Warner, ICRW’s Senior Gender and Youth Specialist speaks to BBC’s World Have Your Say on how child marriage affects girls, and discusses programs that are working to eliminate this practice and help change the course for child brides.

Wed, 04/09/2014

Dissatisfied with the government’s efforts around women’s rights, civil society groups have drafted a plan to improve the conditions for India’s women and girls. Priya Nanda, Group Director, Reproductive Health and Economic Development at ICRW’s Asia Regional Office, spoke to CNN on the need to work with the government to change norms in order to bring about lasting change.

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Featured Publication

Improving the Lives of Married, Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia

An innovative program in Amhara, Ethiopia sought to improve the lives of 5,000 child brides in the region ages 10 to 19. ICRW evaluated the program and found it successfully provided opportunities for married adolescent girls – who are among the most marginalized members of society – to participate in the social, economic and political life of their families and communities. Read More »

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