Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Last week the United Nations took a stand for the 15 million girls who are married off as children each year: it resolved that all countries should pass legislation to end the practice of child marriage, and pledged to make ending child marriage by 2030 a core part of the sustainable development goals to be developed by the United Nations in 2015.

  • Posted by Stella Mukasa on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    I was privileged to present testimony at the Global Tribunal on Women’s Human Rights held in conjunction with the U.N.

  • Posted by David Snyder on Friday, November 21, 2014
    Cultivating Female Customers in Kenya

    Behind the counter of her small ‘agro-dealership’, Evelyn Otieno bears the countenance of a woman well in charge of her domain. After 14 years in the business of selling agricultural inputs like fertilizer and seeds to farmers in rural Western Kenya, there are few questions to which she does not have the answer. And while in the past, those questions have traditionally come from male customers, many more are now coming from women.  

  • Posted by Brian Heilman on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    My favorite word is palimpsest. It’s a little bit obscure; you might not have heard it before. But it has a rich and precise meaning, so bear with me. It refers to a page – one piece of paper, say – where you’ve written something new on top of something you’d previously written and erased, but where you can still see traces of the prior piece of writing. One page with many layers of writing, all still visible but in various stages of fading. Quite a lot of detail for one word!

  • Posted by Ravi Verma on Friday, November 7, 2014

    For years, initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women and girls have focused solely on women and girls. Men, for the most part, were seen as an external entity. In recent years, the global development community has come to recognize that whether men and boys act for or against gender equality, they are active participants and their involvement is inevitable – and critical.

  • Posted by Tanya Abramsky on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Kabaddi, a traditional Indian contact sport, could be more than just an energzing hybrid of tag and wrestling. It could also be the key to empowering girls and increasing their standing within the community. At least this is one of the assertions being tested in a new study taking place in the Shivaji Nagar slum community of Mumbai, India.

  • Posted by Faudhia Yassin on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    This week marks International Day for Rural Women, as well as World Food Day. Both are cause for exceptional celebration in Tanzania this year. Just under two weeks ago, after a very long and at times contentious process, the Tanzanian Parliament finally passed a new draft constitution providing women with the same rights as men to own and use land.

  • Posted by Proscovia Nnamulondo on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    As the world celebrates International Day of Rural Women this week, I can’t help but think of Colina, a widow and a farmer I recently met in the remote region of Pader District in post-conflict northern Uganda. Her story represents a struggle that many women and their children in Uganda face: the threat of losing their homes and their land – from which grows their livelihood – simply because they do not have the right piece of paper.

  • Posted by Sarah Degnan Kambou on Friday, October 10, 2014

    This Saturday, October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, a day to contemplate the powerful force girls can be throughout the world – and a time to celebrate those girls who are forging a path forward to become the next generation of thinkers, doers and leaders in communities around the world.

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Every day, tens of millions of girls around the world don’t have the opportunity to decide when, if, and whom to marry. They don’t have the chance to go to a good school, which can prepare them for jobs that will help lift their families out of poverty. And they lack access to safe, affordable sexual and reproductive health care that will let them control their own future.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    As the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convenes this month, the year-long intergovernmental process to negotiate the world’s development framework for the next 15 years formally begins. The culmination of this process will be the “post-2015 development agenda,” a set of internationally agreed development objectives that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire next year.

  • Posted by Suzanne Petroni on Monday, September 22, 2014

    As an advocate working in a research institute, I rely on evidence to understand and underscore the importance of issues. Over the years, when arguing for expanded sexual and reproductive health information and services for youth worldwide, I’ve often cited the fact that maternal mortality was the leading cause of death for adolescent girls aged 15-19.

  • Posted by Stella Mukasa on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Sexual and other forms of physical violence occur everywhere in the world.  And everywhere in the world – whether committed by American football stars in high-end hotels or in the shadows of a rural village in India – it disproportionately affects women and girls, who are especially vulnerable. The recently released UNICEF report, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, presents alarming statistics that show just how hard hit the latter group is.   

  • Posted by Shubh Sharma on Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Globally, the garment industry is one of the largest employers of low-skilled women workers. In India, many of these women come from disadvantaged, rural communities, where given the resource constraints and taboos around women’s mobility and sexuality, their families more often than not choose early marriage over an education (which their brothers are afforded) for them. As young adults, undereducated and solely responsible for household chores and caring for the family, they are afforded very few opportunities outside the home.

  • Posted by Lena Minchew (IWHC), Lyric Thompson (ICRW), Erin Kennedy (CARE USA), Girls Not Brides USA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    2014 may just prove to be the year that changed the course for child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). So far this year we’ve seen significant statements, commitments and dollars put forward on the global stage.