Women’s Access to Clean Energy Essential for Gender Equitable Development

Globally, over four million people die each year from exposure to household air pollution caused by cooking fires. ICRW’s Allison Glinski writes about ICRW’s commitment to integrate women’s energy access as a strategic priority into its research on global health, economic empowerment and livelihoods.

Growing up with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: One girl’s story

Jennifer Abrahamson writes about Joyce, an 18 year-old girl living with HIV, who has struggled with stigma and discrimination as a result of her health status. A new project by ICRW and local Zambian NGO will help identify key challenges surrounding HIV and pinpoint areas for intervention development to support healthy transitions to adulthood for girls in Zambia.

ICRW’s Top 10 Moments of 2014!

We had an amazing year here at ICRW. From empowering adolescent girls around the world, including raising their voices at the United Nations General Assembly meeting, to programs and research designed to break down barriers keeping women and girls in poverty, we have a lot to celebrate. 

Protecting Land and Empowering Women in Tanzania

ICRW has been working with the Ujamaa Community Resource Team to secure the rights to their natural resources and land in order to improve their livelihoods and conserve their resources. The right to own, inherit and securely access land is fundamental to rural populations’ survival across the developing world.

ICRW Launches Innovative Women’s Land Rights Project in Vietnam

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), along with the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has just launched a first-of-its-kind project in Vietnam that is setting up and training teams of grassroots legal advisors to help farmers – and particularly women farmers – realize their land rights.  

VIDEO: ICRW on Talk Business 360

Flying American Airlines between now and January 2015? Tune in to Talk Business 360 to hear about our work from ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou.

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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. 

ICRW: Turning Insight Into Action for nearly 40 Years

ICRW has been the world’s premier applied research institute focused on women and girls for almost four decades. Our evidence-based insight seeks to optimize programs, influence policies and identify scalable solutions that help them lead safer, healthier and more empowered lives. Learn more about us »

What's New

Thu, 01/22/2015

Nandita Bhatla speaks with SciDev.net on new ATMs, designed to give women in India a safe space to report crimes, including violence against women. Bhatla notes that while one positive aspect of the installment of these ATMs is that police are coming up with creative ways to help women report violence, the ATMs will not fix a larger, underlying problem, which is that many women fear police will be dismissive of their complaint and therefor don't feel comfortable reporting them. 

Fri, 01/02/2015
The Christian Science Monitor

ICRW’s Ann Warner, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about the root cause of child marriage, and the consequences of this harmful practice that lead to chronic poverty at the community level and into the next generation. 

Mon, 12/29/2014
Voice of America

ICRW’s Suzanne Petroni speaks to Voice of America about how suicide is now the leading cause of death for girls ages 15 to 19 around the world. In India, death rates due to suicide are among the highest in the world and the prevalence of depression in adolescents has increased in the past several decades. Petroni stresses that better data is needed to understand what the drivers are for self-harm among adolescent girls.

Tue, 12/23/2014
Voice of America

With recent reports of violence against women in India, ICRW’s Ravi Verma, Regional Director, Asia Regional Office speaks to Voice of America’s Frances Alonzo about a new ICRW report, which examines men’s perceptions of masculinity and its impact on gender equality. 

Fri, 12/19/2014
Fri, 12/19/2014

In response to the United Nations Secretary General's synthesis report, laying out six principles for the post-2015 framework, ICRW joined with 80 organizations from around the world to call for stronger, more explicit language on empowering girls.

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