Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • Posted by Jeffrey Edmeades on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    When I first met Genet, it was hard to believe she was actually 13. She was incredibly small physically – no taller than my 7-year-old son – and intensely shy. She was so obviously a child that it was equally as difficult to wrap my head around the fact that she was married and on her way to having children of her own.
     
    Genet had come to participate in a program called TESFA that is run by CARE and evaluated by my organization, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
  • Posted by Aishani Khurana on Thursday, September 5, 2013
    G(irls) 20 Summit delegate offers a prescription for women’s economic empowerment
    I will be watching closely as G20 leaders gather in St. Petersburg, Russia, to see what policies will come to fruition from the agenda they set. One of the most pressing issues for me is whether and how are they going to include women and girls in their economic development strategies. 
     
    Consider that the Asia and Pacific region alone is losing between $42 and $46 billion each year because of restricted job opportunities for women, according to a United Nations report.
  • Posted by Kirsten Stoebenau on Monday, August 12, 2013
    Program for Bangladeshi girls encourages delaying marriage and financial independence

    Yasna gestured spiritedly while she told us how she stayed in school instead of getting married like so many of her friends. She was one of 20 girls my colleagues and I spoke with recently as we took a deeper look at an innovative program delaying child marriage in Bangladesh.

  • Posted by Jennifer Abrahamson on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
    Delaying marriage and motherhood in India’s heartland
    Uttar Pradesh, India – Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to learn. On the contrary, it was immediately obvious that the 11th grader is a diligent pupil.
  • Posted by Madeline Brewer on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    On June 14th and 15th of this year, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) participated in the “Giving Back” NGO exhibition in Mumbai. This second annual event focuses on bringing together NGOs, corporations, as well as the government into one setting for potential collaboration. Because of the budding changes on the horizon for many Indian corporations, companies are sponsoring events that allow NGOs and organizations to be together in one place.

  • Posted by By Gillian Gaynair on Friday, June 14, 2013

    Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn't remember how old she was.

    "I was a child," Enana said. "I didn't even know how to clean myself."

    A child, but ready -in her parents' eyes - to be a bride.

  • Posted by Priya Nanda on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Old questions in new 'fonts' in Kuala Lumpur

    Launched in 2007 in London, the Women Deliver conference started as a global advocacy platform for investing in maternal health and reducing maternal and neonatal mortality. This year in Kuala Lumpur – host to the world’s third Women Deliver conference – amidst conversations about the slow progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), new development agendas for a post-2015 world were also discussed.

  • Posted by Jeffrey Edmeades on Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Over the past decade, development practitioners have made robust program evaluation a crucial part of most programming approaches, reflecting an increased emphasis on designing cost effective projects that demonstrate significant change. This shift has coincided with a greater awareness of the need to focus more explicitly on gender as a key factor in a wide range of development-related issues.

  • Posted by Allie M. Glinski on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity, blindly obeying their parents– and then their husbands – with no control over their own destiny. Child marriage and a lack of education inevitably shape these girls’ futures, carving the direction their life paths will take. Nearly a quarter of girls aged 20-24 in this agricultural region have reported marrying before they turned 18. Most, if not all, first dropped out of school.

  • Posted by Suzanne Petroni on Friday, May 24, 2013
    UN Women staked an important claim this month in the turf war that is the post-2015 development agenda. Its contribution, a note titled, “Stand-Alone Goal on Achieving Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Empowerment: Imperatives and Key Components in the context of the Post-2015 Framework and Sustainable Development Goals,” is a great start.
  • Posted by Zayid Douglas on Friday, May 24, 2013

    Even though Naimah* had sought care a couple of times during her pregnancy at a clinic near her village in western Kenya, she died during childbirth. Her baby lived for a short period afterward before eventually dying, too.

    Naimah’s husband, Kareem,* was devastated. His wife had handled everything in their home, from taking care of the children and planting and harvesting crops, to managing all of the household purchases. Naimah also operated a small business outside of her home, which brought in extra money for her family.

  • Posted by Jennifer McCleary-Sills on Friday, May 24, 2013

    Consider this: Half of the world’s population – more than 3.5 billion people – is under 30 years old. In the next decade, approximately 142 million girls will be married before the age of 18 and many will likely be pressured to prove their fertility soon after their nuptials. Indeed, of the nearly 16 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who give birth each year, 90 percent are married.

  • Posted by Sarah Degnan Kambou on Thursday, April 25, 2013
    G8 responds to sexual violence associated with war

    ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou applaudes G8 foreign ministers for pledging to develop a comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to sexual violence associated with armed conflict.

  • Posted by Jeff Edmeades on Friday, April 19, 2013
    Girls' education is critical to ending child marriage -- but it is not enough

    Once again, I have just returned to my home base in Washington, DC after spending several weeks in Ethiopia’s deeply poor, yet breathtaking, Amhara region. And once again – as is always the case – I was inspired by the sheer enthusiasm and thirst for opportunity among an often forgotten group: child brides.

  • Posted by Ravi Verma on Friday, March 15, 2013
    ICRW's Ravi Verma explains why engaging young men and boys is essential

    ICRW was one of 30 civil society organizations selected to address the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at UN headquarters in New York last week. ICRW’s Asia Regional Director Ravi Verma travelled from his home base in New Delhi to make the following presentation on the importance of working with young men and boys to eradicate violence against women and girls: