Tara Abrahams & Jacqueline Asiimwe to join ICRW’s Board

Article Date

24 July 2020

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Anne McPherson

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The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) announces the appointment of Tara Abrahams, managing director at Arabella Advisors, and Jacqueline Asiimwe, CEO of CivSource Africa, to the organization’s Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome two incredibly talented and visionary women dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said ICRW President Sarah Degnan Kambou. “Tara and Jacqueline bring with them unique skill sets, rich experience and deeply insightful perspectives that will further ICRW’s mission and augment the support we receive from our current Board members.”

Tara Abrahams leads Arabella’s work with corporate partners and is focused on a range of issues, from education to health care to the environment, with special interest in the advancement of women and girls. Tara previously served as managing director of VOW, an initiative created to end child marriage globally. As deputy director and president of Girl Rising, she worked on girls’ education and women’s empowerment, and she served as executive director of The Girl Project at GlamourTara has also advised organizations like Girls Who Code and the Girls Opportunity Alliance at the Obama Foundation. Tara has been a long-time advisor for ICRW and will bring these experiences with her to her new role on the Board. For a full bio, visit Arabella’s website here.

Jacqueline Asiimwe is a Ugandan and a lawyer trained in the United States, with a long list of accomplishments in leadership, management, law and policy formulation, as well as advocacy and training. Leading CivSource Africa, Jacqueline brings 25 years’of work experience, 15 of which have been in leadership positions. She has expertise in policy research and analysis, lobbying and advocacy on human rights, governance, democratization and women’s rights. Jacqueline is the current Chair of the ICRW Uganda Board and will be a real asset to the global Board. For more information on the Jacqueline’s team and the organization’s work, visit the CivSource Africa website here.

“We cannot wait to start working with Tara and Jacqueline,” said Board Vice Chair and CEO of Women of the World Endowment, Patience Marime-Ball. “Given the evolving challenges women, girls and marginalized communities face, as well as the compounding impact of COVID-19, we need the sharpest minds and fiercest advocates we can find to support ICRW. I cannot think of two more deserving and inspiring women than Tara and Jacqueline to take on the task.”

With the addition of Tara and Jacqualine, ICRW’s Board of Directors will be composed of 20 members who bring a variety of experiences and insights in research, politics, business, global development, education, media and economics. We look forward to the work that lies ahead.