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COVID-19: Recovery Through Solidarity

COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down, but at ICRW we persevere. Despite the ominous forecasts of what this pandemic could mean for the communities we serve, we have resolved not to accept ‘disaster’ or a ‘reversal of progress’ as the inevitable outcome. Rather, we take heart by the fact that this situation has revealed deep solidarity within our sector, and the interconnectedness that was always there, if cloaked, between all of us around the world.

Forty-four years of ICRW research has prepared us for today. Our mission remains unchanged, and we’re ready to fight for it. We are paving the way forward by assembling the right partners, generating the right evidence, and producing the right solutions – solutions that will enable us to leapfrog over the worst possible conclusion to arrive at a stronger, healthier and more fully empowered future.

Across our global platform – in Asia, Africa and in the United States – ICRW’s experts are developing a layered research and action agenda that will guide our work over the coming months and years. With the power of proof, fueled by our collective passion, we are working together to rewrite the COVID-19 story and the way it ends for women, girls and their communities.

We cannot and must not back down from these challenges now facing us. We will work our way through them together, one day at a time. We appreciate your commitment to ICRW. Our commitment to you, our community, remains steadfast.

In solidarity,


President Sarah Degnan Kambou & the ICRW Team


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Our Thoughts on the Work That Lies Ahead

Post COVID-19 For Women In Work: Perspectives From India, by Srishty Anand and Sharmishtha Nanda for Feminism in India

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Crisis could reverse gender progress, Interview with Sarah Degnan Kambou in AsiaBizToday

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UMANG has released a special edition of its newsletter to spotlight the efforts of team members and partners in India in addressing the impacts of COVID-19

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Director of ICRW Asia Dr. Ravi Verma has been appointed to a national task force convened by the Indian Council of Medical Research  to identify research priorities, initiate research studies related to COVID-19

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Why more must be done to fight bogus COVID-19 cure claims, by Chimaraoke Izugbara for The Conversation

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COVID-19: Why Policymakers Need A Gender-focused Approach for Health and Economic Recovery, by Julia Arnold, Elizabeth Anderson, Smriti Rao & Sarah Gammage for The SEEP Network

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COVID-19: Laying Down the Groundwork for Recovery with Gender at the Fore, by Aria Grabowski for Ms. Magazine

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Covid-19 aggravating gender inequalities, ICRW Africa’s Director Cleopatra Mugyenyi was interviewed by the Daily Nation (Kenya)

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College Students Are Still Being Raped During the COVID-19 Shutdown: How Prevention and Response Mechanisms Must Adapt, by ICRW’s Elizabeth J. Anderson, Mary P. Koss and Elise Lopez for Ms. Magazine

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Coronavirus Fallout: Impact of School Closures on Girls in India, by ICRW Asia’s Sharmishtha Nanda for Ms. Magazine

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COVID-19 and Young Girls: Expect Increases in Child Marriage and Teen Pregnancy, by ICRW’s Foluyinka “Yinka” Fakoya via Ms. Magazine

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COVID-19 and Women’s Economic Empowerment, by the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment & Equality (CWEEE).

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COVID-19 and Adolescent Girls: Ensuring the U.S. Government’s Response Prioritizes the Needs of Child Brides and Girls at Risk of Child Marriage by Girls Not Brides USA.

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