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.


Plan-It Girls

Adolescent Girls, Adolescents and Youth

Plan-It Girls is a multi-level, multi-stakeholder intervention that aims to build agency of adolescent girls and promote gender equality at the local level. Based on a socio-ecological approach, the program leverages a gender-integrated life-skills and employability skills personal advancement curriculum tailored for girls in grades 9 and 11 in government schools in New Delhi and in two districts of Jharkhand, India. The program includes principals and teachers, parents, boys, community members, business leaders and policymakers to create an environment to support girls and their aspirations.

In Delhi, the community engagement component of the program aims to create a safe and supportive environment for girls at the household and community level.

The community engagement model works with mothers’ groups through action-oriented community sessions, through which the mothers come together to talk about issues around early marriage, the value placed on girls, parental support for girls’ education, etc. The groups also will take on projects for their specific communities around safety mapping and campaigns geared toward promoting gender equitable norms.

Since the communities in Jharkhand are widespread and the distances between communities and schools tend to be longer, the program works with a different model, one that aims to engage community stakeholders that include elected representatives, field-level government health workers and community leaders to influence the discourse around gender norms at the local level.  The model also includes community-level campaigns focusing on issues around the value of girls, gender norms and girls’ aspirations.

To download the program brief, click on the button below or on the brief cover image.

Duration: Pilot phase 2017-2018
Funder: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Project Director: Dr. Prerna Kumar
Project Countries: India

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