Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • Posted by Kristin Fack on Friday, April 4, 2014

    On March 10, ICRW co-hosted a briefing to discuss the epidemic of violence against women and girls, as well as solutions to this global problem, with the United Nations Women All Party Parliamentary Group.  Chaired by Baroness Helene Hayman, the briefing took place in the House of Lords, with members of Parliament, their staff, and members of civil society in attendance.

    Panelists included:

  • Posted by Sophie Namy on Monday, March 31, 2014

    On a recent visit to the Amhara region of Ethiopia, I met Bruktawit, a 27-year-old primary school teacher who exemplifies what it takes to keep young girls in school: intense commitment, personal sacrifice and a deeply rooted belief that young girls deserve an education.

  • Posted by Jennifer Abrahamson on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    It wasn’t yet noon, but a group of women had already gathered under the shade of a giant Jacaranda tree next to the clinic. Its purple blossoms scattered in the parched, red earth were the only color in a landscape aching for the rainy season to begin. Just a few feet away from the clinic, an unremarkable ceramic monument the shape of a small skateboard ramp baked in the sun. One of the land rights paralegals I met with that day in early March explained that it marked a mass grave – one of many strewn across Uganda’s Luwero District.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Friday, March 21, 2014
    By Lyric Thompson, International Center for Research on Women

    As the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty kicks off on Mach 24 in Washington DC, I can’t help but think of the many rural – and landless – women of Tanzania. Earlier this month, I returned from the East African country, where the International Center for Research on Women has been supporting a number of local organizations working to secure women’s property rights. This is a complicated proposition in Tanzaniawhere the law of the land – on land – is contradictory.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Thursday, March 13, 2014

    It’s opening week at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, always a frenetic time when thousands of women’s rights activists and member state delegations descend upon New York to review the current state of affairs for women and girls globally and recommend actions states can take to advance gender equality and promote female empowerment.

  • Posted by Stella Mukasa on Thursday, March 6, 2014

    About two weeks ago, February 20th  2014 to be exact, the National Geographic  Daily News featured an article by Eve Conant titled “Rollback of Women's Rights: Not Just in Afghanistan. Polygamy, stoning of adulterers, virginity testing, and laws that protect batterers are on the rise in increasingly conservative nations.”In the article the author asks John Hendra, assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director of UN Women for his thoughts about the global status of women.

  • Posted by Allison M. Glinski on Thursday, December 19, 2013
    ICRW helps innovative start-up establish monitoring and evaluation system

    Veronicah guided me as we navigated the narrow alleys of the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, until  we reached what seemed like a village of artists' studios. Veronicah’s creative space was here, too. in a small corrugated tin hut, where she crafts necklaces, bracelets, earrings and bangles from cow bone and horn sourced from butchers and restaurants.

  • Posted by Robin Hayes on Tuesday, November 26, 2013


    As researchers, it is sometimes easy to become engrossed in the mechanics of the research process – fretting over sample size, quality control, response bias and other technicalities. Admittedly, there are moments when we fail to really “see” the actual people our research strives to help.

  • Posted by Jennifer McCleary-Sills on Monday, November 25, 2013

    “I was in the field when they came.” 

    Espérance keeps her eyes fixed on her hands, folded on the table in front of her, as she talks to me.  Her hair cascades in long braids over her shoulders, sweeping against the vivid blue and yellow print of her dress.

    “They came out of nowhere, and they took me away, into the bush. I was just a child.” 

  • Posted by Iba Dervishaj on Friday, November 22, 2013

    On Wednesday, November 20, advocates working to combat gender-based violence delivered testimonies at the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights Hearing on Gender-Based Violence urging Congressional action to end violence against women and girls.

    At the hearing, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced that she would reintroduce the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) on November 21. This marks the fourth time the bill is being reintroduced in the House, and advocates everywhere are rallying for its passage.

  • Posted by By Allison M. Glinski on Tuesday, November 5, 2013
    Intel professional development program provides gains for educators and their students

    There was a hum of discussion as I entered the classroom at an all-girls school in Jordan, where walls were decorated with cutouts of bumblebees. Girls were out of their seats, hovering over each other’s desks. But they weren’t misbehaving; they were discussing project findings and comparing results with their classmates. I concluded that this level of activity should be expected among a class that nick named itself the “busy bees”.

  • Posted by Sophie Namy on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    Early findings from ICRW evaluation in Kosovo show promising results

    Experiencing, witnessing and perpetrating violence is an all too common reality for boys growing up in   the post-conflict environment of Western Balkans. It’s against this challenging backdrop that ICRW and partners are trying to make a difference by engaging youth in an innovative program to reshape harmful gender norms and essentially change the rules about what it means to be a man.

  • Posted by Sarah Degnan Kambou on Friday, October 11, 2013

    ICRW's President Sarah Degnan Kambou blogs for Huffington Post Impact on the crucial role that adolescent girls play in the success of development goals at large. Kambou argues that by bolstering opportunities for girls to thrive, we will accelerate goals to eradiate poverty, improve access to education, reduce HIV and improve maternal and child health.

  • Posted by Natasha Uppal on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
    Guest blogger Natasha Uppal, a girls’ education advocate and a speaker for ICRW’s upcoming International Day of the Girl event, writes on the squandered potential of girls, especially in her home country India. Uppal highlights that India is both a major economic player and home to a third of the worlds’ poor, and argues that in order to move forward, India must take action to address the needs of girls – access to education in particular.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, October 1, 2013
    Girls at last week’s UN General Assembly declare their rights

    Adolescent girls attending the UN General Assembly pushed their way to the tables of power to declare their rights and demand that global leaders incorporate their interests in future development goals.