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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

Sophie P.


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.


Rating: 5

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

Comments ( 1 )


development 11/26/2012

Thank you, Erin!