In 2016, ICRW created the Paula Kantor Award, in memory of our former colleagueDr. Paula Kantor, who died in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan in May 2015. Dr. Kantor was senior scientist of gender and development at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and former senior rural development specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
Dr. Kantor was a leading expert on gender issues in international development, with nearly 20 years of experience in policy and program research related to integrating gender into agriculture and rural development. Dr. Kantor’s work was largely driven by her passion to improve lives in the global south, especially those of women and girls. She was a prolific researcher who worked in several initiatives to improve the lives of women in conflict-prone and terrorist-affected areas. She worked across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The inaugural award was conferred to Dr. Soumya Gupta of Cornell University in January, 2016. Dr. Gupta’s work focused on the linkages between agriculture systems and women’s empowerment and in turn, how these affect nutritional outcomes.
Below is a full list of award winners: