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.
In 2016, ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, CEO of Project Concern International (PCI) came together to discuss the rising challenges of working in the international development sector and the need to develop new forms of partnerships to accelerate progress on gender equity. ICRW and PCI have recently formed a partnership that harnesses the collective strengths of the two organizations. By bringing together ICRW’s research expertise and focus on gender with PCI’s deep community connections and time-tested implementing platforms, the partnership is currently piloting this strategic alliance and hope to take it to scale – to enhance the health, economic prospects and well-being of communities worldwide.
An initial focus of the alliance is creating the conditions in which girls are enabled to complete their schooling, and transition from school to decent, well-remunerated and fulfilling work. By combining PCI’s community-based programming and ICRW’s research and evidence-based solutions, the School-to-Work Transition initiative will bring together stakeholders from across the social ecosystem to improve health, education, employability and well-being in one integrated program. The goal is to keep girls in school, delay marriage and pregnancy and build key skills to support girls to realize their full potential.
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