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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

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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.

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.