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.



Child Marriage, Economic Empowerment, Employment and Enterprises, Reproductive Empowerment

Publication Year: 2018
Publication Author: Sebany, M., Barre, I., and John, N.

One way to think about power is in the ability to make choices. Agency and the availability of resources both play a role in decision-making. In Sub-Saharan Africa, as in many places around the world, women continue to face socio-economic challenges and limited reproductive freedoms, which diminishes their ability to exercise agency and choice in their lives and their environment. Child marriage, a practice prohibited by international law, perpetuates gender inequalities and hampers women’s agency to advocate for their rights.

This research study was carried out in Ibadan, Nigeria from June through December 2017. The study was conducted by ICRW, in collaboration with the University of Ibadan. In this brief, we examine and compare marital relationships of child brides and non-child brides with regards to power dynamics, decision-making patterns and contraceptive use.

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