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

ICRW is the proud co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, a coalition of organizations working to end child marriage, and a branch of the global partnership of the same name. Click here to read the latest news and visit Girls Not Brides to learn more about the global movement. 

What's New

Wed, 04/23/2014

Evidence gathered by the Fertility and Empowerment Network shows that when fertility rates decline, women are less likely to die in childbirth, more likely to live longer, and tend to invest more resources in their children. But the evidence is less conclusive that smaller families lead to gender equality. 

Mon, 04/21/2014

The Times of India reports on new research on a cash transfer scheme to keep girls in school and away from the altar from ICRW's Asia Regional Office. The research shows that girls who participated in the program are more likely to stay in school and that parents report a new, deeper understanding of the value of girls. 

Mon, 04/21/2014

Weeks after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced “child free marriage zones” will be established in Pakistan, ICRW’s Senior Director of Gender, Population, and Development, Suzanne Petroni, speaks to Voice of America about a growing movement inside Pakistan to urge the government to end child marriage.

Mon, 04/21/2014

On Monday, April 14, the President's Global Development Council held its first public meeting to release its first set of recommendations, "Beyond Business As Usual", which aims to strengthen the United States' commitment to global development. ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou, who sits on the Council, advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment to be integrated throughout the Council’s recommendations. 

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.

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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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