Lyric Thompson

Director, Policy and Advocacy

Lyric Thompson is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and manages ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and internationally. Lyric serves as co-chair of the Girls Not Brides USA advocacy coalition working to end child marriage, on the steering committee of the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally, the board of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the board of the Community Center for Integrated Development of Cameroon. Her ICRW field work includes building the advocacy capacity of youth activists in the commonwealth and women’s rights activists in Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as mobilizing a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve gender-responsive, urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Lyric brings ten years of experience in global gender and development issues including women, peace and security; women’s economic empowerment; violence against women; child marriage and adolescent girls’ issues. She has advocated for gender-equitable policies at the United Nations, White House, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID and on Capitol Hill. Lyric also brings a wealth of expertise in women’s political and economic leadership, including work to document the role and influence of first ladies and to identify core elements of and develop a curriculum on women’s political and economic leadership in Afghanistan.

Lyric writes regularly on gender and foreign policy, including as a contributor to the Thomson-Reuters Foundation, openDemocracy, Ms. blog and Huffington Post. She has reported from the United Nations on international women’s issues, including conducting interviews with Nobel Peace Prize laureates and senior level UN officials.

Previously, she served for five years as a primary expert and strategist for Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program, as senior policy manager at Women for Women International, and as a project manager for overseas development contracts at DAI. In 2012 she served as a leadership and empowerment expert on the selection committee for the Women Deliver Top 50 Innovations and Ideas that Deliver for Women. In 2011, Diplomatic Courier Magazine named her among the Top 99 Under 33 Young Professionals Impacting Foreign Policy. In 2016, Lyric was recognized by Professional Women in Advocacy for Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women, for her leadership advocating with the U.S. Government for the world’s first piece of foreign policy dedicated to the rights and empowerment of adolescent girls.

Contact Lyric at lthompson@icrw.org and follow her on Twitter: @lyricthompson

Education: Lyric is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate of the Bard College Program on Globalization and International Affairs.
Languages: English (native); Spanish (proficient)
Adolescents and Youth, Economic Empowerment, Violence Against Women and Girls

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