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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.


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.