Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Monday, June 2, 2014

    In 2012, we asked men, women, girls and boys, how safe Delhi's public spaces were. The results were eye-opening.

    This infographic below displays the results, exhibiting just how unsafe Delhi's public spaces are for women and girls.

    Donate today to our Safe Cities Fund to end violence against women and girls in India.


  • Posted by Sarah Degnan Kambou on Friday, May 30, 2014

    This blog is part of a month-long campaign to raise $75,000 to combat violence against women and girls in India's cities. To contribute today, please click here.

    Recently, a journalist called India’s politics “too violent for women”, citing the fact that only eight percent of last month’s electoral candidates were women. Women’s rights advocates acknowledged that the threat of rape and harassment likely contributed to women staying out of politics.

  • Posted by Anne Stangl on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Last week, the Government of Uganda took a major step back in the fight against HIV.

    The bill, entitled “HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Bill,” that President Yoweri  Museveni is being asked to sign into law, criminalizes the transmission of HIV, makes it legal for doctors to disclose their patients’ HIV status to partners and families without consent, and, last but not least, calls for mandatory testing for pregnant women and their partners.

  • Posted by By Stella Mukasa on Monday, May 12, 2014

    The introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) to the U.S. Senate last week couldn’t have come at a more critical time. The abduction of some 300 Nigerian adolescent school girls in mid-April by Boko Haram militants constitutes an act of violent terrorism in its most insidious and local form, striking at the heart of families and communities. That they might soon be sold as sex slaves – or already have been – is an abomination that will condemn the girls to a life of unspeakable abuse and horror.

  • Posted by Ann Warner on Friday, May 2, 2014

    A proposed new law in Iraq could have devastating consequences for the country’s women and girls, gutting progress made towards women’s equality.

    How can one law make such a massive impact? Easily: it would apply to the country’s majority Shia population, making marital rape legal. It would give husbands who divorce their wives automatic custody of any of the couple’s children over the age of two. And last but not least, it would legalize child marriage for girls as young as nine years old.

  • Posted by Katherine Fritz on Thursday, May 1, 2014
    Many women entrepreneurs eke out a living, but don't thrive

    Across the globe, from stalls in outdoor markets, the sitting rooms of modest homes, the sides of busy roads, and elsewhere, poor women are operating their own small businesses by the millions. Most are accidental entrepreneurs - women eking out a modest living, but not thriving.

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Monday, April 28, 2014

    Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate all of the amazing women around the world creating change in their communities than to hightlight some truly talented female artisans in the developing world whose products make for stunning gifts.

  • Posted by Gillian Gaynair on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    A new report released this month by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) concludes that declining fertility rates in low- and middle-income countries over the past four decades have improved the overall well-being of women and girls, particularly in terms of their maternal health, educational attainment and workforce participation.

  • Posted by Iba Dervishaj on Monday, April 21, 2014

    President Obama’s Global Development Council held its first public meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday, April 14. The Council convened to share with the public its first set of recommendations to strengthen U.S. global development policies and practices, and to solicit public input on key global development issues.

  • Posted by Erin Kelly on Friday, April 18, 2014

    On June 12th, tens of millions of eyes will be on Brazil, as countries vie to take home the World Cup’s shiny gold trophy and with it, the respect of soccer fans around the world.

  • 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.