In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.


2019 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

Adolescent Girls, Economic Empowerment, social protection, Violence Against Women and Girls

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award, Abhilasha Sahay, a PhD candidate in economics at the George Washington University.

The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award is named in honor of the founder of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women), a U.S.-based gender research institution that merged with ICRW in 2016. Mariam was a leader in shaping and launching the women’s studies academic and research movements in the United States and around the world. Through the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award, Mariam’s work fostering high-level scholarship and promoting mentorship continues through its support of a first-generation doctoral student conducting research to advance gender equality and social inclusion.

In its third year administering (sixth year overall) the Mariam K. Chamberlain Award, ICRW is proud to honor a researcher who is delving in to the intersection of development economics and public policy, specifically focusing on gender, crime and health.

In her dissertation, The Silenced Women: Can Public Activism Stimulate Reporting of Violence Against Women?, Abhilasha investigates whether public activism and civic engagement can overcome barriers to reporting of socially sensitive crimes such as rape and sexual harassment, and induce self-disclosure. Utilizing a unique blend of analytical, econometric and qualitative methods, she brings to bear nuanced and rigorous evidence on this topic. Findings from her empirical work seek to offer pertinent policy implications and can aid our understanding on how to improve reporting of violence against women – one of the most palpable manifestations of gender discrimination.

Abhilasha received her masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has previously worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and The World Bank. She is also the recipient of the SIGUR Center Grant for Asian Field Research and the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award conferred by the Global Women’s Institute. And more recently, Abhilasha received the William R. Waters Research Grant.

If you would like to follow Abhilasha, you can find her here:
Personal website: https://www.absahay.com/.
Twitter: @SahayAbhilasha.
LinkedIn: Abhilasha Sahay.


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