International Center for Research on Women
THE HANS INDIA |
Jul 17,2017 , 04:44 AM IST
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, with a regional office in New Delhi. ICRW has project offices in Mumbai and Hyderabad, and is establishing a formal presence in East Africa. ICRW works to promote gender equitable development within the field of international development.
It has a very effective tagline-ICRW turns insight into action. Its mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, the centre works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.
The research wing identifies women's contributions to their communities and the barriers like HIV, violence, and lack of education that prevent them from being economically stable and able to fully participate in society.
It focuses on three paths of action-Designing concrete, evidence-based plans for program designers, donors and policymakers that empower women to control their lives and help shape the future of their communities; Measuring changes in the lives of women and girls as well as men and boys to know how best to achieve gender equality and recommending policy priorities that give women opportunities to transform their lives.
Some of its priorities include the economic empowerment of women, the prevention of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, the elimination of violence against women, the creation of better life options for women and girls, combating child marriage, and increasing food security for vulnerable women.
In essence, it is a research institution whose strong quantitative and qualitative research contributes to the direct action of organizations and communities in which they work. ICRW has been directed by several renowned and well-recognized individuals within the field of international development as well as other key private sector and government individuals, including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and writer Ann Crittenden.
ICRW annually hosts the Irene Tinker Lecture, a fall lecture series named in honour of one of ICRW's founders and supporters, Dr Irene Tinker. The lecture series has included speakers such as Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. The organization also honours individuals who have made contributions in the fields of gender and development with its annual Champions for Change awards.
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