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International Center for Research On Women

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: 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.

Results: Expanded key research and analysis on issues that affect women’s health, economic security, and their overall well-being. Grew ICRW programs around the world and develop integrated solutions to complex social problems such as HIV and violence against women and girls. Informed policy makers and decision makers about the critical issues facing women and girls, and create a community of public supporters advocating for women’s human rights.

Target demographics: Women and girls, men and boys, marginalized and impoverished communities.

Programs: ICRW research identifies women's contributions to their communities and the barriers – like HIV, violence, lack of education – that prevent them from being economically stable and able to fully participate in society. We provide a path that creates the conditions under which not just one woman, but millions of women can benefit. We do this by: 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 Recommending policy priorities that give women opportunities to transform their lives ICRW talks to women. We help their voices be heard. And we make sure that the unique vulnerabilities they face as well as the unrecognized contributions they make are integrated into efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and create a more equitable world.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ICRW has always focused on the importance of giving a platform to women and girls from marginalized communities to rise, advocating for those who are voiceless and shedding light on what matters. ICRW has done remarkable work on this front (globally), and continues to improve its approach to achieving gender equality, by leading diverse coalitions and engaging the for-profit sector in the process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ICRW is a wonderful non profit that works to empower women and girls and end poverty. The organization conducts its work with the highest standards and never compromises its integrity. The groundbreaking research conducted by ICRW has contributed to the broader international development dialogue and has paved the way for implementing organizations to carry out their project work. Without ICRW's solid, applied research the development sector would not have the evidence to base their interventions upon.

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW has played an important role in educating communities and policymakers over the years on the importance of creating opportunities for women and girls everywhere. Their global research on issues pertaining to women's development is compelling, and provides the foundation for strong, evidence-based advocacy in the United States.

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW is the "go to" organization in DC for relevant, rigorous research and analysis on global girls and women's issues. They bring a consistent and critical gender lens and global South perspective to the development field, and are also highly collaborative and connected within the human rights space. An excellent partner!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Working in the international development field, I've found ICRW to be a well-respected organization that puts out great work. I've found their research to be particularly helpful for desk research thinking about ways to ensure all my programs effectively address concerns related to gender, even if it is not the direct focus of the program. Moreover, as our entire field looks to the SDGs from the UN, I have truly appreciated ICRW's efforts to ensure the needs of women and girls are met within these goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICRW is an unique and influential organization that is fueled by a dedicated and passionate staff. It plays a proactive role in the gender development research sector. I had the unique opportunity to volunteer for this organization during the DC Pride parade and was able to witness the passion and motivation for change that is undoubtedly shared among the hard working members of this inspiring institution.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ICRW is a highly respected research institution that focuses on improving the lives of girls and boys; women and men around the world. Their work is about helping to build stronger communities and economies, and they strongly believe (and has proven) that the empowerment of women is the most important step in improving the lives of individuals and families around the world. ICRW sets the framework for advocating for women’s rights. Their research connects people with the information needed in order to make an informed change.

samducey

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW occupies a unique space in the gender & development sector as it not only implements evidence-based programs, but also through its research builds the collective capacity of organizations working to advance gender equality and human rights, fight poverty, and promote sustainable economic and social development. The caliber of ICRW's research is matched by that of its staff and project partners whose dedication to the organization's mission to empower women and advocate change through policy and programs has created an inimitable legacy -- a legacy I had the distinct pleasure to witness when I had the opportunity to engage with ICRW project participants and staff in India earlier this year.

Sophie P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My summer volunteer work with ICRW was an incredible experience that exposed me to ICRW's incredible mission, community, and ability to inspire. During my time with ICRW, I worked on a variety of different projects ranging from research assistance on the Reproductive Empowerment team to website redesign. I was also thoroughly impressed with ICRW's pioneering approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and had the opportunity to discuss future possible events and programs that would further ICRW's impact and the concept of traditional charity work. ICRW did an excellent job to integrate me into their tight community of highly experienced and amazingly welcomingly employees. In my short time with ICRW I learnt invaluable information about the international development field, what working for an NGO is like, and most importantly was inspired by the incredible work ICRW produces.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ICRW exemplifies the merging of top quality research with the development of evidence based programs in communities with high level of needs. Their focus on using well conducted research to advocate for these communities makes them a powerful voice in this realm. Recent plans to ramp us effective programming and bring it to scale in other regions will broaden their impact. Overall a very impressive organisation with excellent leadership and support staff.

ChristineSow

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ICRW is a much needed voice for evidence-based advocacy on women and girls. I've been impressed with their work over the past decades and have enjoyed seeing them grow from a small organization to an influential player in gender and development.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing opportunity to see some of the work ICRW has been doing while in India this past year. Women at several project sites were so thrilled with the work that was happening! The real test for me came when I was able to see a for profit business adopt and embrace some of the work ICRW had been doing to help their employees (and it also helped their bottom line)! That's what research can do...positive benefits for all sides.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

ICRW is a unique organization. It combines a capacity for research and advocacy in an exceptionally effective manner. The global work is done in conjunction with locally recognized NGOs. ICRW's leadership - both at the staff and board levels - is visionary and disciplined at the same time. ICRW takes advantage of other experts through its Global Ambassadors program., which means that its work is well thought out, researched and addresses the challenges at hand.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to witness the work that ICRW does in a number of communities they serve in India. Prior to the experience, I understood the value of social research programs and the ways that they can affect social change. However, I quickly learned that having a theoretical understanding, and meeting with people first hand provide very different experiences. I left with an overwhelming appreciation of the impact that ICRW programs have on the life of women and their communities; and I continue to be impressed by the passion and diligence that ICRW brings to bear on the numerous issues they address in their work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After years of work on foreign assistance, I was drawn to ICRW's impact In designing and strengthening programs with its partners to benefit the livelihoods of women and girls throughout the world. They also opened my eyes to the understanding of needing to program in men and boys to achieve long-term sustainable change in societies. Thank you ICRW for the amazing work that you do, and in continuing to challenge us all to think of better and smarter ways to make life better for Half the Sky!

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development 11/26/2012

Thank you, Mercedes, for all the ways you support ICRW's mission!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both state and civil society in Asia (and India in particular) have benefited enormously from ICRW’s high quality evaluations, policy briefs and sharing of global experiences. ICRW’s work is contributing significantly to public action that seeks to eliminate discrimination against girls and women, end child marriages, empower women and promote greater freedoms for young girls and adolescents. As a Board member closely associated with ICRW’s Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, I am proud to support such an exceptional organization.

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development 11/26/2012

Thank you! We are glad to have you on our Board!

Joanne16

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW has a low public profile, but it does fabulous work on women's issues. It is research and fact based and collaborates with many other groups, public and private, domestic and international to address the issues of our day, such as child marriage, women's economic well being, health, and violence. I couldn't be more pleased to be supporting such a fine organization.

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development 11/26/2012

Thanks so much, Joanne!

Karen116

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the mission and work of ICRW because of what they are doing for women all over the world.

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development 11/26/2012

Thank you, Karen! Your support of our work is so greatly appreciated! All the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help on a project and enjoyed contributing to ICRW's mission.

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development 11/26/2012

Thank you, Erin!