Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • 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

  • Posted by Anne Stangl on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    As I fly home from the humid, vibrant and bustling Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, I am a bit overwhelmed by the daunting task the country faces to address the high levels of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse and suicide in the country.

  • Posted by Ibadet Dervishaj on Monday, June 16, 2014
    New ICRW report shows CARE International program fosters gender-equitable views among young men

    By Ibadet Dervishaj

    I shaved my head when I was 10 years old and it opened a whole new world to me.

    Growing up in Kosovo, I started noticing gender roles at a very young age. Men could be masters of their own fate - so it seemed - and women had to accept their subordinate role. I envied my male cousins my age. I wanted to have the same benefits as they did: I wanted to play like the boys did, roam around the village freely and climb trees. But most of all, I desperately wanted to have access to education.

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Thursday, June 12, 2014

    This week, ICRW staff are attending, and speaking on, panels at the UK-sponsored Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflct, co-hosted by Actor and Activist Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

    Below is just a snapshot of our week discussing tactics and strategies to end violence in conflict around the world.