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.


Research on the Reporting and Mitigation of Intimate Partner Violence against MSM, Transgender and Hijra (MTH) Individuals


ICRW has partnered with The International HIV/AIDS alliance to undertake research and technical assistance for the mitigation of intimate partner violence (IPV) against male-to-female transgender and Hijra (MTH) individuals funded by the Global Fund Round 9-supported Pehchan programme. The project aims to find out what factors lead to IPV against MTH individuals, what its health consequences are, and what interventions map help create conditions for reduction in IPV and health vulnerabilities of MTH individuals in the long run. Further, it will investigate the “violence prevention potential” of encouraging MTH community discourse to end the normalization of IPV, facilitate the reporting of the problem and ways to respond to the problem through legal protection and counseling. ICRW partnered with The International HIV/AIDS alliance to expand existing knowledge on this subject in India.

Violence against MSM, transgender and Hijra (MTH) individuals in India is to this day a very real problem and a human rights concern as it is known to be a driver of the HIV epidemic. A clear stigma in India has induced discrimination and violence in various forms against all sections of these MTH communities. Different programs have previously attempted to study the violence and trauma faced by MTH populations. It was found that not only is this discrimination shown in terms of physical violence but it is also shown to induce emotional pain through community wide verbal abuse, blackmail and extortion.  All of this previous documentation however is not enough to adequately demonstrate the extent and nature of the violence faced by MTH individuals in India.

The current research study will seek to validate the findings of the earlier research along with extending it in terms of factors that lead to IPV against MTH individuals and the consequences of such violence. The study will take place over a period of 15 months where each participant will go through three phases ending with the implementation of community discourse activities such as Facebook outreach, helpline counseling opportunities (to facilitate greater IPV reporting) and the implementation of legal protection for victims of verbal and physical abuse.

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  • Increased awareness and recognition of IPV among MTH individuals;
  • Increased self-acknowledgment and reporting of IPV by MTH;
  • Improved self-esteem in participants to deal with IPV;
  • Decreased endorsement of gender inequitable attitudes; and
  • Increased  attitudes of zero tolerance for IPV among MTH
Duration: 2014-2015
Funder: Global Fund Round 9 supported Pechan programme
Partners: The International HIV/AIDS alliance
Project Director: Priti Prabhughate
Project Countries: India

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