International Center for Research on Women

ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

Contact

1120 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Ph. (202) 797-0007
Fx. (202) 797-0020
http://www.icrw.org
info@icrw.org


Back

Principal Staff

Sarah Degnan Kambou, President

Lyric Thompson, Special Assistant to the President/Policy Advocate

Kristin Fack, Administrative Assistant
Back

Featured Events


Back

Projects & Campaigns

Adolescents

ICRW has been examining the lives of adolescents – especially girls – for more than two decades. Our work focuses on improving their well-being and identifying ways to change deeply entrenched traditional practices that prevent girls and young women from reaching their full potential. We believe that making the abilities, attitudes and options of adolescent girls and boys more equitable is one of the most effective ways to empower women. And our research shows that all aspects of young people’s lives – school, relationships, work, health and marriage – must be addressed in order to bring about lasting social change. Adolescent programs and policies require working with not only girls, but boys, parents, teachers, community members, leaders, schools and employers, too.
 
 
ICRW has been examining for more than 30 years how disparities between women and men affect agricultural productivity and food security. Our research helps development organizations, policymakers and others find practical ways to enhance women’s roles in agricultural production and trade, thereby improving their incomes and livelihoods.

ICRW analyzes the differences between the responsibilities, limitations and interests of male and female farmers to design strategies that provide services, training and incomes. Our findings and recommendations help identify sound approaches that ensure efforts reach women as well as men. Ultimately, we aim to help farmers become competitive participants in the agricultural marketplace and reap the financial benefits.
 
 
Economic development efforts to combat poverty can only succeed if women are part of the solution. Doing so yields a double dividend: When women are economically empowered, they raise healthier, better educated families. Their countries are more economically prosperous because of it, too.

Since our founding more than 30 years ago, ICRW's work has expanded understanding of women's economic contributions as well as the hurdles that prevent them from being successful. Our efforts focus on how gender affects economic development efforts related to assets and property rights as well as employment, enterprise development and financial services.
 
We strive to increase women's ownership, use and control of assets and property. We want to empower women as economic agents and better their ability to access markets on competitive and equitable terms. And with our partners, ICRW aims to integrate gender perspectives into program and institution activities. We believe such an approach improves the likelihood that efforts to strengthen women economically are successful.
 
 
ICRW was among the first organizations in the early 1990s to call attention to how gender inequality fueled the transmission of HIV and AIDS among women. Today, ICRW continues to push the AIDS agenda forward. As the global response moves from a focus on crisis management into a sustained, long-term strategy, our work centers around how HIV programs and policies can better serve the needs of women and girls. We work with partners to design, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs that strive to reduce women's social and biological vulnerability to HIV. We also aim to weave these programs into existing family planning, reproductive and maternal health services. Ultimately, we strive to influence national policies by guiding governments and others on how to address the role that gender norms play in the prevention, support and treatment of HIV.
 
 
ICRW strives to demonstrate that improved sexual and reproductive health outcomes are pre-conditions for achieving gender equality, empowering women and reducing global poverty. ICRW’s research in this area aims to build a sound evidence base to inform programs and policies by defining the fundamental connections between gender, reproductive health and development, highlighting the importance of adolescent transitions to adulthood, analyzing means for facilitating women’s access to safe and effective reproductive control options, and undertaking rigorous evaluations to demonstrate what works.
 
Our approach examines how gender equality is both a determinant and a consequence of demographic change. For example, our current research suggests that as fertility rates decline in developing countries, women gain increased access to higher education and formal employment opportunities. This in turn can facilitate more transformative shifts in gender relations. Findings such as these bolster the policy directive that advancing women’s and girls’ reproductive health creates conditions that improve the quality of life for individuals, families, communities and nations.
 
 
ICRW employs a multifaceted approach to reducing violence against women. We conduct empirical research to better understand the incidence of violence, costs associated with it and factors that lead to it. We also are building evidence on interventions designed to prevent violence against women, particularly comprehensive approaches that include economically empowering women, involving boys and men, protecting survivors of violence and rehabilitating men who are abusive. ICRW is examining the policy dimensions of violence prevention by evaluating the impact of and challenges to existing legislation and using our findings to advocate for stronger, more effective laws. Finally, ICRW participates in strategic regional and global networks that work to strengthen civil society and advance the field of preventing violence against women.

Back

Reports & Resources

For all publications, click here.


Back

Center News

Sarah Degnan Kambou Named Interim President of ICRW
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 4:33pm

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr 7, 2010 – The board of directors of the International Center for
Research on Women (ICRW) has named Sarah Degnan Kambou as interim president of the
organization, effective April 12. The transition comes as Geeta Rao Gupta steps down April 9
after 20 years with the organization, 13 as its president. Degnan Kambou will carry out interim
duties while the board continues its search for a new president.
 
Degnan Kambou has served as ICRW’s chief operating officer since 2008, and before that was
vice president of the health and development group which comprised three research portfolios
focusing on gender, HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and nutrition, and gender, violence and
rights. Prior to joining ICRW, Degnan Kambou served with CARE in West and Southern Africa
for more than a decade. She also worked for eight years at Boston University’s School of Public
Health, managing the Center for International Health.
 
In addition to her new duties, Degnan Kambou will continue in her current capacity as ICRW’s
chief operating officer where she oversees the organization’s research and programs, finance
and administration and human resources departments as well as ICRW’s Asia Regional Office.
 
“We are pleased that Sarah will take on this leadership role,” said Jeanne Warner, chair of
ICRW’s board. “Her deep knowledge of the institution combined with her expertise in gender
and development are the right blend of qualities necessary to steer the organization during this
interim period.”
 
“This is a remarkable time for ICRW as the world is paying more attention to the role that
women and girls can play in advancing economies and societies and, increasingly, how to
engage men and boys when it comes to the issue of gender equality,” Degnan Kambou said.
“We are dedicated to this mission by building on our strong body of research to create the
solutions for lasting change.”
 
###
 
About International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
 
ICRW is a leading international research organization that works to empower women, advance
gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with
partners in the public and private sectors and civil society to conduct empirical research, build
capacity and advocate for evidence-based practical ways to change policies and programs.
ICRW has a Regional Asia Office in New Delhi, India, and project offices in Hyderabad and
Mumbai in India. Learn more about ICRW and its work at www.icrw.org.

ICRW Applauds India’s Ground-Breaking Women’s Bill: More parliamentary seats a first step to greater political power
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:14pm

 

NEW DELHI, Mar. 12, 2010 - A ground-breaking law that would allow a third of India’s 545-seat
lower house and 248-seat upper house to be reserved for women was passed March 9 in the
upper house. In response to this historic vote, the International Center for Research on Women
(ICRW) issued the following statement from Priya Nanda, group director of social and economic
development, in ICRW’s New Delhi office:
 
“The Women’s Reservation Bill is a crucial first step in breaking down the barriers women face
when it comes to political participation. It is an exciting moment for women in India to know that
the long fight to gain access to positions of power may soon lead to eventual victory if the bill is
signed into law,” Nanda said.
 
“The fact is that women’s empowerment requires breaking the mold. Quotas help bring about
the necessary cycle of change and a shift in attitudes about what women can achieve. Our
findings show that when innovations in social norms at the national level — such as gender
quotas — are combined with support for greater political participation, they have a quicker,
more powerful impact on transforming women’s lives. However, if there isn’t a deliberate effort
to ensure that women are truly integrated into the political decision-making process, the law is
danger of becoming nothing more than a symbolic gesture,” Nanda added.
 
###
 
Notes to editors:
 
1. Our research findings on the connection between innovation and women’s empowerment can
be found in our “Innovation for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality” paper. The paper
attempts to answer the question: how and when do innovations create long-term, positive shifts
in gender relations.
 
To download a copy of the paper please use this link
 

http://www.icrw.org/DOCS/2008/ICRW_MDG.PDF

 

ICRW is a leading international research organization that works to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners in the public and private sectors and civil society to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based practical ways to change policies and programs.

ICRW has a Regional Asia Office in New Delhi, India, and project offices in Hyderabad and
Mumbai in India. Learn more about ICRW and its work at www.icrw.org

 



Back

Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Click here for current employment opportunities.


Back