Perspectives: The ICRW Blog

  • 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.

  • 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.