News and Commentary

Wed, 04/23/2014

Evidence gathered by the Fertility and Empowerment Network shows that when fertility rates decline, women are less likely to die in childbirth, more likely to live longer, and tend to invest more resources in their children. But the evidence is less conclusive that smaller families lead to gender equality. 

Mon, 04/21/2014

The Times of India reports on new research on a cash transfer scheme to keep girls in school and away from the altar from ICRW's Asia Regional Office. The research shows that girls who participated in the program are more likely to stay in school and that parents report a new, deeper understanding of the value of girls. 

Mon, 04/21/2014

Weeks after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced “child free marriage zones” will be established in Pakistan, ICRW’s Senior Director of Gender, Population, and Development, Suzanne Petroni, speaks to Voice of America about a growing movement inside Pakistan to urge the government to end child marriage.

Mon, 04/21/2014

On Monday, April 14, the President's Global Development Council held its first public meeting to release its first set of recommendations, "Beyond Business As Usual", which aims to strengthen the United States' commitment to global development. ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou, who sits on the Council, advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment to be integrated throughout the Council’s recommendations. 

Mon, 04/21/2014

Aside from the emotional and physical consequences of maternal death worldwide, a new report by ICRW and others finds that the economic burden of maternal mortality can be debilitating for families and often pushes them into poverty. 

Fri, 04/18/2014

Maternal mortality takes a clear physical and emotional toll on families worldwide, but what's the economic cost? ICRW research on the high economic cost of maternal mortality in Kenya is featured in IRIN's article on how important maternal health is to families and economies.

Fri, 04/18/2014

In advance of the World Cup, the State Department held an event to discuss the importance of using sports to bring communities together and to empower women and girls. And they're onto something. ICRW is involved in programs around the world that are using sports, from cricket to soccer to table tennis, as a way to reduce violence against women and empower girls to pursue their dreams.

Tue, 04/15/2014

Yesterday, ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou, a member of the President’s Global Development Council, met with President Barack Obama. The Council met with the President to share its first set of recommendations to strengthen U.S. global development policies and practices.  

Mon, 04/14/2014

ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou sits on President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council, which held its first public meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this morning. 

Fri, 04/11/2014

A 14-year-old girl in Nigeria has confessed to killing the man she was forced to marry. Ann Warner, ICRW’s Senior Gender and Youth Specialist speaks to BBC’s World Have Your Say on how child marriage affects girls, and discusses programs that are working to eliminate this practice and help change the course for child brides.