Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • 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.

  • Posted by Kirsten Stoebenau on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    It’s that time of year again. My eight-year-old daughter is now familiar with the annual routine of binder and notebook purchasing, and that feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes with the start of another school year.  As we purchase her supplies, I am aware of the stark differences in her reality as compared to the girls I spoke with recently in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. And yet, I am also struck by the fundamental similarities: for girls everywhere, education is among the most crucial building blocks for their future.   

  • Posted by Anne Stangl on Monday, August 25, 2014

    Last week, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that will likely harm the health of Uganda’s men, women, and children for years to come and could set the country back decades in progress in reducing the transmission of HIV.

  • Posted by Jenna Bushnell on Friday, August 1, 2014

    Coming of age as an adolescent occurs with its own inherent vulnerabilities anywhere around the world. When you then add on the pressures of being married early, pregnant, impoverished, HIV positive or any combination of those, you’re looking at a reality that many of the world’s 600 million adolescent girls are currently facing.

  • Posted by Gertrude Nalubinga on Thursday, July 24, 2014

    A little-noticed, yet significant, event took place last month. Overshadowed by the equally-important state-of-the-nation address and the Finance minister’s reading of the national budget, Uganda’s new National Land Policy was finally launched, after a process that spanned 13 years.

    Although the event received little fanfare and captured few headlines, it has the potential to impact millions of Ugandans for generations to come.

  • Posted by ICRW on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

     

     

  • Posted by Quentin Wodon on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Today the U.K. government and UNICEF jointly hosted the first Girl Summit to mobilize efforts to end child, early, and forced marriage as well as female genital mutilation. According to a 2013 report by UNICEF, 30 million girls are at risk of suffering genital mutilation  over the next decade.

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The prospect of commitments by the United States at today’s Girl Summit to end child, early and forced marriage, is eagerly awaited by those campaigning globally to end this human rights abuse.

  • Posted by Jenna Bushnell on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    In case you missed it, Monday was the second-annual “Malala Day,” a celebration designated by the UN to honor Malala Yousafzai, the brave Pakistani teenager targeted by the Taliban for her activism for girls’ education. After surviving being shot on her school bus, Malala has gone on to be an even louder advocate for girls’ education and rights. She has written a book, participated in countless interviews around the world and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. What were you doing at 17?

  • Posted by Usha Viswanathan on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    As the International Center for the Research on Women (ICRW) presented its studies that show ingrained attitudes trivialize and normalize many forms of sexual harassment in public spaces, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged nations to “write a new norm” to end the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war. 
     
    Remarks by ICRW and the nation’s senior cabinet official were made during a widely-attended London conference in early June that also brought Angelina Jolie, actress and special envoy of the U.N.
  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    This week, the the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development is meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to debate a draft framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals designed to reduce poverty by tackling critical issues faced by vulnerable populations, including  promoting gender equality, improving maternal health, increasing access to education, and ramping up efforts to improve food security.
  • Posted by Megan Kallstrom on Friday, July 11, 2014

    Yesterday, I got to ring in World Population Day early at the Wilson Center’s program on Youth Engagement and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Coming from ICRW, I went to the panel with an eye for how the speakers would include girls in their discussion. The panelists did not disappoint. Perhaps the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)’s Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said it best when he argued that empowering girls through education, political representation, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and other avenues “would transform the world.”

  • Posted by Lyric Thompson on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    This morning, Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul convened a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues on “Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women: A Global Call to Action.” The objective of the hearing was to highlight stories of the terrible human rights abuse that is gender-based violence—which impacts one in three women around the