Violence Against Women

VIDEO: Assessing Approaches to Ending Violence Against Women

ICRW’s Brian Heilman takes us on a short trip to Fiji and Vanuatu, giving us a wonderful glimpse into ICRW’s recent project focusing on reviewing the effectiveness of AusAID-funded initiatives to end violence against women. Watch the Video.

Lyric Thompson

Senior Policy Manager

Lyric Thompson is Senior Policy Manager 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 the institution’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and Internationally. Lyric also 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, and plays a leadership role in various other coalitions advancing the global policy agenda on women and girls. Her ICRW field work includes building the advocacy capacity of a coalition of women’s property rights groups in Tanzania and mobilizing a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve gender-responsive, urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Lyric brings expertise in policy and advocacy on such issues as women, peace and security; violence against women; girls’ rights; child marriage and women’s economic empowerment. She has advocated for gender-equitable policies at the United Nations, White House, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID and on Capitol Hill. She is a women’s issues expert and blogger for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation and a primary expert and strategist for Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program. 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.

Prior to joining ICRW, Lyric worked as Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International, where she advised officials at the White House, State Department and Department of Defense in the crafting of the United States’ first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Prior to this, she worked on USAID-funded conflict mitigation and democratic governance projects in Sudan and Serbia for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), where she conducted fieldwork on post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Sudan. Lyric has addressed the UN General Assembly on harmful widowhood rituals and given testimony to the Human Rights Council’s Special Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice.

Contact Lyric at and follow her on Twitter: @lyricthompson


Adolescents, Economic Empowerment, Violence against Women, Advocacy and Policy Engagement

Languages Spoken: 

English (native); Spanish (proficient)


Lyric is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate of the Bard College Program on Globalization and International Affairs.

Maps for change: Making Delhi safer for women

Tue, 03/26/2013
Kashmir Times

ICRW's work with the Safer Cities Programme in Delhi is mentioned as one initiative that is trying to make public spaces safe for women. 

Why India Still Allows Marital Rape

Tue, 03/26/2013
Wall Street Journal, India Real Time

This exploration of the political and religious barriers to criminalizing marital rape cites ICRW's International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) to show the prevalence of marital rape in India.  

Analysis: Afghan women navigate a challenging judicial landscape

Tue, 03/12/2013

ICRW's Lyric Thompson discusses the powerful role that tribal elders can play in ending violence against women. 

Help-Seeking Pathways and Barriers for Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Tanzania

Help-Seeking Pathways and Barriers for Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Tanzania
Results from a Study in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, and Iringa Regions

Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Sophie Namy, Joyce Nyoni, Datius Rweyemamu, Adrophina Salvatory, Ester Steven

Over the last few decades, gender-based violence has gained international recognition as a grave social and human rights concern. In Tanzania, gender-based violence is widespread; the most recent Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey found that 44% of ever-married women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. ICRW and the University of Dar es Salaam's Department of Sociology and Anthropology, in partnership with EngenderHealth, conducted a qualitative study in three target regions of the country: Dar es Salaam, Iringa, and Mbeya. This report documents community perceptions and attitudes about gender-based violence, identifies the range of informal and formal services currently available to survivors, highlights gaps in service provision, and provides recommendations for improving existing services. The findings are based on 104 key informant interviews conducted with a wide array of stakeholders, service providers, and duty bearers at the national, district, and ward levels, as well as participatory focus group discussions with 96 male and female community members. The research and recommendations currently are informing the overall design of a multi-sectoral intervention to scale up the response to gender-based violence in Tanzania under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS (PEPFAR). The effort was funded by PEPFAR and the United States Agency for International Development.

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Passports to Progress: Rude Awakening: The Complex Epidemic of Violence Young Women & Girls Face in India and Beyond


Watch Rude Awakening, ICRW's first Passports to Progress event linked to the Turning Point campaign. Held at the National Press Club on March 7 to mark International Women’s Day, the panel discussion explored the complex epidemic of violence against young women and girls in India and beyond – and ways to begin reversing the dangerous trend. Participants included MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell; Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts; and Michael Elliott, CEO of the ONE Campaign.

Violence Against Women: What's Sport Got to Do With It?

Wed, 03/13/2013
Huffington Post Impact

This article explores the positive impact that sports can have on combatting gender violence and captures the comments that ICRW's Ravi Verma made on a panel at the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. 

30 Minutes: Is there no country for women?

ICRW's Ravi Verma speaks about the lack of safety women in India face when choosing to follow their dreams in this documentary from CNN-IBN.

Strengthening Research and Action on Gender-based Violence in Africa

Strengthening Research and Action on Gender-based Violence in Africa

Ellen Weiss, Stella Mukasa, Mary Ellsberg, Naeemah Abrahams, Shanaaz Mathews, Lori Michau, Jean Kemitare, and Margo Young

Research provides needed evidence to advocate for strong laws and programs to combat gender-based violence. Yet research capacity is lagging in many parts of the world including Africa. In response, ICRW, the Gender-based Violence Prevention Network and the South African Medical Research Council undertook a capacity building program that paired NGOs with research institutions in the region. Our experience shows that partnering violence prevention organizations with researchers has strengthened the formers’ skills to carry out relevant action research, and directed evidence into the hands of those best positioned to use it, namely activists and program implementers.

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